Bri­anna chas­ing dream

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local -

UWA’S sport depart­ment has awarded its first in­dige­nous schol­ar­ship to swim­mer Bri­anna Ozies.

The pro­gram sup­ports elite and emerg­ing stu­dent ath­letes in reach­ing their full po­ten­tial.

Be­fore ap­ply­ing to the devel­op­ment pro­gram, Ozies found it dif­fi­cult to keep up with the costs of be­ing an elite swim­mer.

“I didn’t have my own equip­ment ex­cept for a pair of old bathers, a cap and a pair of gog­gles,” she said.

“Train­ing in the lead-up to events, I would have to bor­row old, used equip­ment, and felt em­bar­rassed to at­tend train­ing, lack­ing con­fi­dence in the wa­ter when I did.”

Af­ter be­ing ac­cepted into the pro­gram, Ozies com­menced her train­ing for the Rottnest Chan­nel Swim, where she and Shel­ley Cable made his­tory as the first all-in­dige­nous pair to com­pete in the swim.

“With­out this pro­gram, I could never have af­forded to travel to the events in the open-wa­ter se­ries, and with­out that train­ing I don’t think I could have com­pleted the swim,” she said.

Bri­anna Ozies and Shel­ley Cable.

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