Rocky youth making waves

LAPPING IT UP: Taryn Roberts won five medals at the Pacific School Games Swimming Championships.
LAPPING IT UP: Taryn Roberts won five medals at the Pacific School Games Swimming Championships. Contributed

SWIMMING: Taryn Roberts may only be 11 but she is making waves in the pool and achieving her swimming dreams.

The Rocky City Swimming Club junior competed in the Pacific School Games in Adelaide from December 1-9 and took home two gold medals, two silver and one bronze.

This is the second time Roberts has represented Queensland at the national titles, and she was thrilled to achieve her goal of winning a 200m Individual Medley and 100m Breaststroke.

"I knew that if I swam certain times in those events, I had a chance of getting on the podium, so I wanted to see if I could swim faster and win gold,” Roberts said.

Roberts said she enjoys the honour of being able to represent Queensland, and she loved the opportunity to race against some of Australia's and the Pan Pacific region's best swimmers.

"It was pretty cool to swim at an event like that,” Roberts said.

"The Queensland team get behind you and cheer really loudly. I think that helped me to do a PB in every event.”

Rocky City Swimming Club Head Coach, Shane Kingston, said he was very pleased with Roberts' performance in her races, particularly in the 200 Individual Medley.

"Taryn didn't panic when the other girls got ahead of her,” Kingston said.

"She just swam the splits she needed to, built her race, and swam those girls down to win gold.”

Kingston believes Roberts' achievements are due to her dedication towards her training and her execution of the small details.

"She always sets herself big goals, and she's always focused at training in order to achieve them,” Kingston said.

"Sometimes it's hard to believe that she's only eleven based on the high level of maturity she displays.”

Next year, Roberts will be vying for gold at the Queensland Sprint Championships in February.

Senior Rocky City Swimmers Lucy Busby, 14, and Matthew Richardson, 17, also represented the state at the Pacific School Games, and placed in the top 10.

Both Busby and Richardson achieved personal best times for all of their events.

Richardson also won bronze in the Queensland's 4x100m Freestyle Relay Team, and a National qualifying time for the individual 100m Freestyle.

Busby and Richardson are currently working on their skill within the pool and will be joining the Rocky City's senior team in Brisbane this week for the 2017 Queensland State Championships.

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