Stepping on to world stage
FOR someone who did not enjoy the sport as a youngster, Swanbourne swimmer Jemima Horwood has set a nice path for herself.
The 15-year-old sprint star will wear the green and gold at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championship in Indianapolis later this month.
But an ear infection suffered about 10 years ago makes her rise to Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Swimming Champion that bit more special.
“I’ve been swimming since the age of 11,” she said.
“I did some training at school and mum thought I was alright, so she booked me some lessons.
“But I hated it when I was younger because I got a really bad ear infection when I was four or five.
“Mum had more lessons booked, but she pulled me out because I didn’t want to be there.”
The UWA West Coast Swimming Club member made her first Australian Age Swimming Championships final in Adelaide in 2016.
She did not win a medal, but rebounded 12 months later in Queensland by winning gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle events.
It put her on course for the World Junior Swimming Championships this month.
To prepare for the meet, the teenager travelled to Canberra in July with a squad of 30 emerging stars.
Jemima, picked in the 4x100m freestyle team, said she wanted to use the trip to build towards a potential Olympic berth in 2020.
“I think it’s the dream of every swimmer to win an Olympic gold,” she said.
“Maybe in 2020. I’d like to at least get close to making the Olympics in any of the sprints.”