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CARINE swim­mer Tam­sin Cook claimed the WA Sports Fed­er­a­tion (WASF) Ju­nior Sports Star of the Year award to ac­com­pany her WAIS Ju­nior Ath­lete of the Year ti­tle ear­lier this year.

The 16-year-old beat an out­stand­ing field of ju­nior ath­letes to claim the ti­tle at the an­nual WASF awards night at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

The West Coast Swim Club mem­ber won the 400m freestyle in cham­pi­onship record time at the FINA world ju­nior swim­ming cham­pi­onships in Sin­ga­pore in Au­gust, and swam the first leg of the win­ning 4x200m freestyle re­lay team, break­ing the cham­pi­onship record with a time of 1:58.16 in the process be­fore win­ning sil­ver in the 200m but­ter­fly.

Cook said she was hon­oured to have won the award.

“It’s amaz­ing -you don’t ex­pect th­ese things,” Cook said.

With each of her times per­sonal bests, sport­ing ex­cel­lence runs in the Cook fam­ily.

Her older brother Leighton was a fi­nal­ist in the award two years ago for his triathlon achieve­ments.

Cook said she was train­ing for the Olympic tri­als in April, which could be her en­try to the Rio 2016 se­nior squad.

“I won’t be putting any expectations on my­self at the Olympic tri­als be­cause it’s such a big meet­ing and a lot of peo­ple work very hard in the lead-up and it will be very com­pet­i­tive,” she said. “I’ll see what I can do.” Oth­ers strong con­tenders in­cluded Nina Kennedy, who set a world ju­nior pole vault record, world laser ra­dial youth cham­pion Conor Ni­cholas and world ju­nior cy­cling pur­suit cham­pion Alex Ren­dell.

Pic­ture cour­tesy WAIS

Swim­mer Tam­sin Cook.

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