Life­sav­ing Luka tops the pool in Syd­ney

Geelong Advertiser - - JUNIOR SPORT - DAMIEN RACTLIFFE but broke her per­sonal best in WA last month in a time of 59.82, again beat­ing the un­der-16s. “She’s done a great job the last cou­ple of months,” Ms Mathe said. “She prefers the sprint events, but she also got into the fi­nal in the 200m

HIGHTON teenager Luka Mathe is an Aus­tralian life­sav­ing cham­pion after beat­ing ri­vals two years her se­nior at the na­tion­als in Syd­ney.

The 14-year-old missed the un­der-14 age group by seven days, but that didn’t stop her be­ing crowned Aus­tralian cham­pion in the un­der-16 50m manikin carry.

Mathe, a qual­i­fied life­saver at Jan Juc, was also crowned third over­all in the un­der-16s after plac­ing sec­ond in the CPR and third in the 100m manikin tow, which puts her in the run­ning to be se­lected for Aus­tralia in the near fu­ture.

“She placed third over­all in the un­der-16 age group, which does nor­mally qual­ify them for the Aus­tralian team, but be­cause there’s no in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion this year, they haven’t an­nounced the team, but they may put to­gether some­thing in the next cou­ple of months,” mum Nyree Mathe said.

“She ac­tu­ally swam events she’s never ever swum be­fore be­cause she had to go up the age groups, and it’s all based on res­cue sit­u­a­tions.”

Her per­for­mance comes off the back of star­ring ef­forts in the Vic­to­rian and West Aus­tralian State Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships.

She clocked 1.00.14 in Vic­to­ria in the 100m freestyle,

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