Ta­nia takes gold

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

YOUNG cham­pion swim­mer and ded­i­cated ath­lete Tanya Stov­gaard snatched gold in the 100-me­tre but­ter­fly event at the Queens­land State Cham­pi­onships in Bris­bane last week.

The shy 11-year-old is a girl of few words but as soon as she hits the water she is to­tally fo­cused and her com­pet­i­tive streak takes over and she pow­ers her heart out to get to the fin­ish line first.

Af­ter com­pet­ing against 80 other girls at the Queens­land State Cham­pi­onships last week, Tanya won gold for the 100me­tre but­ter­fly - which she said is her favourite race - sil­ver for the 100-me­tre freestyle, sil­ver for the 100-me­tre in­di­vid­ual med­ley and bronze for the 200- me­tre women’s open re­gional re­lay team (FNQ team).

“I love swim­ming and I like be­ing com­pet­i­tive and I re­ally like the 100-me­tre freestyle which is my favourite race,” Tanya said.

“I knew I would be in some tough races but I am re­ally happy that I am able to com­pete and even hap­pier that I have been able to win.”

Tanya who swims for the Mar­lin Coast Swim­ming Club was also equal age cham­pion for the 11-year-old girls.

The Port Dou­glas State School stu­dent has been com­pet­ing since the age of six when she first joined the Nip­pers at the Port Dou­glas Surf Life Sav­ing Club.

Photo by PAUL BUT­LER

Golden girl: Tanya Stov­gaard

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