Jaylee makes a splash

Childers’ swim­ming sen­sa­tion brings home four medals

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

SWIM­MING SU­PER­STAR: Jaylee dis­plays the medals she won at the re­cent Pa­cific School Games swim­ming cham­pi­onships.

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