Bar­ratt earns World berth

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Ai­den Boy­ham

Rock­ing­ham Swimming Club’s finest ath­letes shined at the 2017 Han­cock Prospect­ing Aus­tralian Swimming Cham­pi­onships last week.

Holly Bar­ratt and Tommy Su­cipto both picked up medals dur­ing the meet, but it was 29-year-old Bar­ratt’s stun­ning come­back story which stole the show and Aus­tralia’s hearts.

Bar­ratt made his­tory and se­cured her place on the World Cham­pi­onship team as she took sil­ver in the 100m back­stroke, sil­ver in the 50m but­ter­fly and gold in the 50m back­stroke de­feat­ing hot favourite Emily Se­bohm.

Su­cipto took home the bronze af­ter a strong per­for­mance in the 100m breast­stroke.

Rock­ing­ham Swimming Club pres­i­dent Grant Beste said the pair’s ef­forts at the cham­pi­onships had in­spired every­one.

“It’s a great in­spi­ra­tion for young kids,” Mr Beste said.

“All the Rock­ing­ham Swimming Club swim­mers have been glued to the TV over the last few days.

“When they see the Rocky cap on some­one’s head who is go­ing to the World Cham­pi­onships, it in­spires them and helps them be­lieve that they can achieve their goals. Bar­ratt, who has a de­gree in phys­i­ol­ogy and also works part-time at Su­per Cheap Auto, ini­tially gave up swimming at the age of 18, only to re­cap­ture the spark for swimming at 24.

Her ap­pear­ance in Bris­bane also made her the old­est rookie to ever make the Aus­tralian team.

“Holly has proven that you don’t have to be ‘young’ to suc­ceed and make the teams; you just have to be fo­cused on get­ting there,” Mr Beste said.

Su­cipto’s and Bar­ratt’s suc­cess comes on the back of the an­nounce­ment ear­lier this year that the Aqua Jetty in Warn­bro would host the State’s third high-per­for­mance train­ing cen­tre.

The South­ern HPTC, headed by coach Will Scott, will help de­velop the tal­ents of young swim­mers from the Peel re­gion right up to Cock­burn.

The World Cham­pi­onships will be held in Bu­dapest in July.

Pic­ture: El­lie Honey­bone

Rock­ing­ham Swimming Club mem­bers Tommy Su­cipto and Holly Bar­ratt won medals at the na­tional ti­tles in Bris­bane.

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