Travelling pays off
All those kilometres to and from Dalby for training helps at the Nationals
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.”
SWIMMING SENSATION: Tayleigh Allan is back at school after her successful swim at the National Schoolgirl Titles in Melbourne.