Sights on breaking her own records
By Bec Singh MAREEBA resident Katrina Coffey, 31, has her sights set on breaking or holding her Australian records this weekend when she heads to the Down Syndrome Swimming Championships in Geelong, Victoria.
Miss Coffey said she l will be focused on breaking four records that she currently holds.
“I am excited and overwhelmed to swim competitively with other down syndrome swimmers,” she said.
“I hope I do well and prove to myself that I can do it.”
Miss Coffey’s swimming coach June Cotter said she is very proud of Katrina and hopes she breaks or holds her records this weekend.
“She is a hard worker. We have 10 training sessions a week which last between 1.5 to 2 hrs each session,” Mrs Cotter said.
“I hope she can break her own records. But either way she will make us very proud.”
She currently holds the record of 2:46:56 in 400m freestyle relay, 3:31:53 in 200m freestyle and 3:52:14 in 200m backstroke,” Mrs Cotter said.
Miss Coffey was also recently selected to be a member of the Australian swimming team who are travelling to Mexico in November, however she will not be able to attend.
The avid swimmer is focused on becoming a role model for young abled body and disabled swimmers.
She said she wants to show people that there is more to her than meets the eye.