COOK CLAIMS SPORTS STAR AWARD
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.
Swimmer Tamsin Cook.