Sights on break­ing her own records

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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.

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