Jaylee makes a splash
Childers’ swimming sensation brings home four medals
SUPER FISH: With two silver and two bronze, Jaylee proudly shows off her medals from the schools swimming championships.
CHILDERS swimming sensation Jaylee McMahon has returned home with a haul of medals after making a splash at the 2015 Pacific School Games swimming championships in Adelaide.
Jaylee was part of the Queensland team that contested the championships last month and while she admitted to being excited, her nerves did not affect her performances.
After enjoying her first trip on a plane, Jaylee starred in the Adelaide pool, collecting a swag of medals in the 10-years division.
She claimed silver in the 200m freestyle relay, silver in the 400m freestyle relay, bronze in the 200m medley relay and a bronze in the 400 medley relay.
The petite 10-year-old also impressed in the individual events, finishing sixth in the 100m freestyle final and ninth in the 50m freestyle.
The championships attracted some of the best swimmers from around the nation and throughout the Pacific region but Jaylee said the support of her grandmother and the wider community had ensured she was ready for the challenge.
“I had a great time in Adelaide and I am proud of my achievements,” she said.
“I want to thank my Nan for all her support over the past four years and for getting me to training every day.
“I also want to thank my coach and all the support I received from the swimming community.”
Jaylee said her friends and the school had been supportive and had encouraged her to do well.
Members of the Isis District Swimming Club were quick to celebrate the young swimmer’s performance while Jaylee said she was keen to encourage others to give it ago.
“I am very happy with my achievement and I want others to know, if you try, anything is possible,” she said.
Jaylee McMahon I am very happy with my achievement and I want others to know, if you try, anything is possible.
SWIMMING SUPERSTAR: Jaylee displays the medals she won at the recent Pacific School Games swimming championships.