Taleisha makes big waves in pool
ARMADALE’S Taleisha Hurford may only be 10 years old, but she’s already making her name in the pool.
The local swimmer has been qualifying for state championships since she was eight, broken club records in the 1500m freestyle, 100m and 400m individual medley, medalled in the 200m backstroke at the Indian Ocean All Stars, and has been selected to represent the state in the Pacific School Games.
“I’m very excited to compete in Adelaide and represent WA,” Taleisha said.
The youngster said her favourite things about swimming were that it clears her mind and she likes to challenge herself.
Taleisha’s mother Katherine said she gets more nervous than Taleisha at race time.
“Every time she gets in the pool she makes me proud, but seeing her eyes light up and the smile on her face when she finishes a race and she has achieved a goal she has set herself, that’s when I’m the proudest,” she said.
Taleisha trains up to five times a week at the Thornlie Swimming Club. The youngster has a clear goal for where she wants to go with her swimming in the future. “My dream is to one day represent Australia at the Olympic Games,” she said.