Tania takes gold
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.
Golden girl: Tanya Stovgaard