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Olympic swimmer visits school
MOTIVATION, it’s a key ingredient to success but too often can be hard to find and easy to lose.
But if there’s one athlete that typifies hunger and desire, it’s Olympic swimmer Keryn McMaster.
The 24-year-old was at Dalby State School on Wednesday to discuss with the students what it takes to achieve your goals, no matter what they are.
The 400m individual medley specialist detailed the sacrifices she has made and the setbacks she has risen from to achieve her dream.
Miss McMaster was also there as an ambassador for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and is relishing the chance to be a role model for the next generation.
“At the moment I’m doing about three schools a month,” Miss McMaster said.
“The children learn what it takes to achieve your goals, and that if you want to achieve your dreams it’s not always going to be easy.
“It’s good being able to come out and promote the Commonwealth Games to schools like this as well.
“We’re just over six months away from the event, so it’s very exciting.”
Despite still being quite young, Miss McMaster is a big believer in fairytales.
She told the Dalby Herald that if she was to achieve the success she is hoping for at the games next year, it could be the perfect way to ride off into the sunset.
“I’d love to go to another Olympics but if I swim really well at the Gold Coast you never know.
“It would be a nice way to finish, in front of a home crowd.”
Miss McMaster also said mentoring is in her future plans.
“I’m studying life coaching at the moment, so I may end up in something similar to what I’ve done here today.”
The Commonwealth Games begin on April 4 and run through until April 18 next year.
You can buy tickets at www.gc2018.com/tickets.
ROLE MODEL: Olympic swimmer Keryn McMaster at Dalby State School.