Trav­el­ling pays off

All those kilo­me­tres to and from Dalby for train­ing helps at the Na­tion­als

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT -

TAYLEIGH Fry-Allen won gold in the 100m breast­stroke at the State Ti­tles in March and that set the stage for her to con­test the Na­tional 100m breast­stroke.

“Even though I en­joy swim­ming freestyle and back­stroke, breast­stroke is my favourite,” Tayleigh said.

Train­ing ev­ery­day un­der the watch­ful eye of coach Roz Ma­son, Tayleigh has im­proved her times.

In April the Mun­dub­bera pool closed for win­ter and dry land train­ing was never go­ing to be enough so Tayleigh and her mum Michelle had to find a heated pool.

Dalby was the clos­est, 209km there and 209km back, ev­ery week­end.

Tayleigh trained in Dalby on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day, and she was back to school on Mon­day.

Mixed with dry land train­ing through the week this lit­tle bun­dle of en­ergy got stronger and stronger.

“I didn’t re­ally mind the trav­el­ling that much, if I wanted to train I didn’t have any choice,” Tayleigh said.

“I could get some sleep on the way home, so I was ready for school on Mondays.

“My coach, Ms Ma­son, would write the pro­grams for me and I would fol­low all of her di­rec­tions when I got to Dalby.”

Tayleigh won a bronze medal in the Na­tional School Swim­ming Ti­tles and she said it was all worth it.

She wants to con­tinue swim­ming with the help of her coach, who also trav­elled to Mel­bourne to be with the 10-year-old cham­pion.

“Now I get two weeks off be­fore summer train­ing starts,” Tayleigh said.

“I am go­ing to watch the Com­mon­wealth Games Cham­pi­ons at the Gold Coast next month and get some au­to­graphs.

“Then I will be into train­ing for the Pa­cific Games in Ade­laide next year.”

Her coach said: “Don’t count the laps, make the laps count.”

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

SWIM­MING SEN­SA­TION: Tayleigh Al­lan is back at school af­ter her suc­cess­ful swim at the Na­tional School­girl Ti­tles in Mel­bourne.

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