Golden start for young talent

Central Leader - - SPORT -

Gabrielle Fa’amausili is not like most other teens.

The 14-year-old Mt Eden swim­mer took home the West­pac Emerg­ing Talent award at the 51st West­pac Hal­berg Awards, held at Vec­tor Arena on Fe­bru­ary 13.

The hon­our came with a hefty $10,000 sport­ing schol­ar­ship.

Fa’amausili edged out surfer Ella Wil­liams, rower Tom Mur­ray and mo­tor­cy­clist Jake Lewis in the cat­e­gory.

The award was de­signed to iden­tify and as­sist a young ath­lete on their quest to be­come an Olympic, Par­a­lympic or world cham­pion in their cho­sen dis­ci­pline.

Since the age of 10 Fa’amausili has been break­ing Auck­land, New Zealand and world swim­ming records.

The young­ster claimed gold at the FINA World Cham­pi­onships for the 50m back­stroke in 2013. Her heat time of 28.14 sec­onds at the com­pe­ti­tion was both a New Zealand Open and world cham­pi­onship record.

Photo: PHOTOSPORT.CO.NZ

Get­ting no­ticed: Gabrielle Fa’amausili has a bright fu­ture in swim­ming.

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