Swim­ming safe in sis­ters’ hands

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

ANY­ONE head­ing for a swim around Yange­bup sis­ters Imo­gen and Phoebe Ash­worth can be as­sured they’re in safe hands.

The Fre­man­tle Surf Life Saving Club duo took to the wa­ter for Surf Life Saving WA’s Pool Res­cue State Cham­pi­onships re­cently, com­ing away with a dozen medals and two state records be­tween them.

Fif­teen-year-old Phoebe had nine medals hung around her neck, in­clud­ing gold in the 200m med­ley re­lay, where she and her Fre­man­tle team­mates also set a new state record, while younger sis­ter Imo­gen (13) also won a trio of sil­vers as well as earn­ing gold and a state record in the line throw event.

Imo­gen said they were both re­ally happy with their per­for­mances and that she was es­pe­cially proud given a re­cent set­back.

“I didn’t think I would be at my strongest as I broke my leg in two places 12 months ago,” she said.

“I was feel­ing ner­vous but I knew that I could push my­self.”

Phoebe, who will soon head to the Gold Coast af­ter she was se­lected for the state team, said she was re­ally ex­cited to be able to take her abil­i­ties to the next level.

“I am ex­cited and ner­vous to com­pete over in Queens­land, as it’s at the Com­mon­wealth Games pool. I would also love to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the Lifesaving World Cham­pi­onships on the Gold Coast in 2024,” she said.

They both agreed lifesaving was a sport oth­ers should try.

“I would rec­om­mend lifesaving to any­one; it opens up so many op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop new skills and meet new friends,” Imo­gen said.

Imo­gen and Phoebe Ash­worth.

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