Pair chase over­seas suc­cess

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Sport - Ai­den Boy­ham

Rock­ing­ham Swim­ming club sen­sa­tion Holly Bar­ratt and ju­nior star Ethan McAleese are gear­ing up for what will be one of the big­gest months on the club’s cal­en­dar this year.

Hot on the heels of her stun­ning per­for­mance at the Aus­tralian Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships in April, Bar­ratt has been pre­par­ing for the 17th FINA World Cham­pi­onships in Bu­dapest with a num­ber of strong per­for­mances at events in Italy and France.

The 29-year-old came away from a meet in Rome last month with gold in the 50m back­stroke and sil­ver in the 50m, as well as a sixth-place fin­ish in the 50m freestyle.

She con­tin­ued her good form in Charles, France, with gold in the 50m and 100m back­stroke.

In the build-up to Bu­dapest, Rock­ing­ham Swim­ming Club act­ing head coach Natasja Re­icheld said Bar­ratt had been re­ally good at back­ing up her swims from heats to fi­nals.

“She’s a mas­sive in­spi­ra­tion to every­one at the club,” Re­icheld said.

“When she walks into the cen­tre, all the young swimmers point — the ju­niors are def­i­nitely a bit starstruck.”

Ethan, mean­while, is set to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the Youth Com­mon­wealth Games in the Ba­hamas, start­ing on July 23.

The 17-year-old earned him­self a spot on the team af­ter a medal­win­ning per­for­mance at the 2017 Georgina Hope Foun­da­tion Aus­tralian Age Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships in Bris­bane in April.

Ethan will join the other youth games com­peti­tors for a stag­ing camp at the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport be­fore leav­ing for the Ba­hamas. Re­icheld said the tal­ented young­ster would be keen to prove him­self on the ju­nior stage one last time be­fore mov­ing into the open age group.

With the club’s home base, the Aqua Jetty, now home to Swim­ming WA’s new high-per­for­mance train­ing cen­tre, Re­icheld said the fu­ture for swimmers at the club was brighter than ever.

“Kids com­ing through our pro­gram can see ex­actly where they can go with it,” Re­icheld said.

Pic­ture: El­lie Honey­bone

Ethan McAleese will rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the Youth Com­mon­wealth Games in the Ba­hamas later this month.

Pic­ture: Sharon Smith

Rock­ing­ham swim­ming star Holly Bar­ratt, pic­tured with coach Will Scott, is pre­par­ing to com­pete in Bu­dapest at the FINA World Cham­pi­onships.

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