Taleisha makes big waves in pool

Comment News (Armadale) - - Sport -

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.

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