MAKING A SPLASH: Cabbage Tree Island swimmers Brett James, 10, Bobie Bolt-Anderson, 10, Robert Roberts, 11, Yerana James, 12, and Nitokha Ferguson, 10.
MAKING A SPLASH: Cabbage Tree Island swimmers Brett James, 10, Bobie Bolt-Anderson, 10, Robert Roberts, 11, Yerana James, 12, and Nitokha Ferguson, 10. Cathy Adams

Kids from Cabbo in the swim

LOOK out Sydney - here comes the Cabbage Tree Island Public School swim team.

The Small School Relay Team has proudly made it to the State Primary Schools Championships, which will be held at Homebush on April 2 and 3.

The team consists of Bobie Bolt-Anderson, 10, Brett James, 10, Robert Roberts, 12, and Nitokha Ferguson, 10.

Yerana James, 12, was originally in the team but had to pull out after she broke her arm, so she has been replaced by her brother.

Principal Dyonne Anderson said reaching the NSW finals was a "big deal" for the school.

"We've had state representatives in athletics before, but not in swimming," she said.

"They've obviously just got raw, natural talent because we don't have a pool at the school and there's no pool here in Cabbo. The closest is in Ballina.

"So the team doesn't get to train very often."

Ms Anderson said the team hoped to sneak in a few training sessions before they left for Sydney.

She also thanked the locals of Cabbage Tree Island for their support and enthusiasm.

"Our community and the parents are really excited for the kids," she said.

"They have been fantastic in doing what they can to make sure that these kids get to swim in Sydney.

"It is really expensive for families, but we want them to be there."

Cabbage Tree Island is a small school - it has just 22 students - but they will be working hard to raise money for the swim team.



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