Record-breaking swim surprises family

CHAMPION: Elsie Cooper broke a record in the 200m breaststroke, in a state swimming competition.
CHAMPION: Elsie Cooper broke a record in the 200m breaststroke, in a state swimming competition.

SAY hello to the region's latest swimming sensation.

Elsie Cooper, of Eltham, has been competing for less than two years but is already a record-breaker.

The 12-year-old Trinity Lismore Swimming Club member set a new North Coast record for her age group in the 200m breaststroke at the recent New South Wales Under 10-12 Years State Age Championships.

Proud mum Melinda said everyone was delighted with Elsie's efforts at the Sydney event, even if it had been unexpected.

"I'm not quite sure how she did so well," she said.

"She has come on in leaps and bounds over the last few months and is really doing well.

"I think she likes the training and the social side of the sport.

"We are all really proud of her."

Despite facing girls nearly a year older, Elsie put in a great effort at the Homebush Bay titles.

The former Eltham Public School pupil chopped two seconds off her personal best time while finishing sixth in the 100m breaststroke.

Her efforts in the 200m breaststroke, in which she shaved a whopping eight seconds of her personal best, also earned her a bronze medal.

Some of the state's most promising young swimmers attended the Homebush Bay competition, contesting races in the different disciplines.

Trinity Lismore head coach Ken Malcolm said it was a deserved reward for Elsie, who is about to start school at Lismore's St John's College Woodlawn.

"She has a positive outlook, loves to learn and listen and do her best," he said.



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