Olympic swim­mer vis­its school

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­

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 at­ets.


ROLE MODEL: Olympic swim­mer Keryn McMaster at Dalby State School.

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