Olympic am­bi­tion

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SINA Met­zger’s ded­i­ca­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion have en­abled her to make a splash in the WA swim­ming scene.

The Gos­nells 10-year-old’s out­stand­ing per­for­mances at the WA State Cham­pi­onships, where she won gold in the U8-10 4x50 med­ley re­lay and sil­ver in the 50m and 100m breast­stroke, re­sulted in her se­lec­tion to com­pete at the Pa­cific School Games in Ade­laide in De­cem­ber.

Her fa­ther Marc described her as a “tough cookie” and an “in­spi­ra­tion” for her tire­less work ethic and love of the sport.

“She trains her heart out, with up to six two-hour ses­sions a week, and gets up at 4am twice a week to train at HBF Sta­dium,” he said.

“Af­ter school, she’s straight to HBF Sta­dium again for after­noon ses­sions fin­ish­ing at 7pm. She lives for swim­ming and gets grumpy when she can’t swim.”

Mr Met­zger said his daugh­ter al­ways wanted to be around the pool, even when not com­pet­ing.

“Even when cho­sen as a re­serve, she’s on the pool deck do­ing warm-up ses­sions just to get back on the stands to cheer on the team,” he said.

His daugh­ter, whose idols are breast­stro­kers Lilly King and Tay­lor McKeon, said she was proud of her Pa­cific School Games se­lec­tion and had al­ready set lofty goals.

“I want to get the state record in breast­stroke, win a medal at the Pa­cific School Games and to make the Olympics,” she said.

Sina Met­zger com­pet­ing in the breast­stroke.

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