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Shania makes splash

Shania McLean of Goonellabah was in-form at the recent NSW Country Regionals held at Gunnedah, qualifying for the NSW Country Championships in Sydney.
Shania McLean of Goonellabah was in-form at the recent NSW Country Regionals held at Gunnedah, qualifying for the NSW Country Championships in Sydney. Cathy Adams

TRINITY Lismore swimmer Shania McLean just keeps winning in the swimming pool.

The 12-year-old broke seven of her personal best times at the recent NSW Swimming Country Regional Championships in Gunnedah.

These exceptional performances led to her qualifying for the NSW Country Championships to be held at Homebush, Sydney on February 25-26.

And the victories racked up again yesterday at the St Carthages Primary School, Lismore carnival where she won six events - the 50m freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke, 100m freestyle and the 200m individual medley.

Shania puts her success down to her heavy workload of 16 hours in the pool every week.

"It's tough at times but I know it's what I should be doing because I like to compete hard and be proud of myself," she said.

"Ken Malcolm is my coach and he's great - he's always happy if I'm happy with my effort.

"Trinity is an amazing club with some great swimmers."

Shania is not just putting in long hours in the water.

She started testing herself against these great swimmers at her club from September last year.

"I swim with the senior squad and I'm the youngest one there," she said.

"That's a good thing because it pushes me to be better."

Shania is not just a young superfish - she represented Far North Coast in hockey at under-13 level last year.

"She's a very dedicated, motivated person," her mother Anne said.

Topics:  swimming