Swimmers diving in
SINEAD Gorman is proof that determination goes a long way in sport.
The 13-year-old is among a quartet of Lismore Workers Swimming Club members competing at this weekend's Swimming NSW Country Championships.
Having earlier qualified for the 100m freestyle event, the Woodlawn College student had multiple attempts at securing a berth in the 50m race.
After a few disappointments, she finally earned her spot with a blistering performance at one of the final opportunities - a carnival in Banora Point.
"She didn't just nail the time, she tore it to pieces," club head coach Gary Dardengo said.
"She realised that if she puts her head to it, she could achieve anything.
"For me, it is great as it shows that you are working with someone who wants to commit to what she is doing.
"It is great to see her doing so well."
Fellow club swimmers Aaron Dobbs (13), 14-year-old Ryan Everson and Holli Hunter, 11, have also booked their spots at the prestigious competition.
The quartet will contest 11 events between them at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre competition, which features top young swimmers from throughout regional NSW.
Lismore's James Bentley, who represents the Miami club but also trains with Dardengo, will also attend the meet.
All the swimmers earned their spots in the various age group events after achieving qualifying times at earlier events.
Dardengo said their efforts were a reward for improved efforts at the club.
"We only sent one swimmer down last year," he said. "We are doing much better this year.
"I think it is down to the hard work of the coaching staff here and the efforts of the kids.
"They have trained awesomely hard and done well."
Dardengo said all the swimmers were now aiming for personal bests in their respective races.
"I am hoping they do well," he said. "The club is proud of them."
Dardengo thanked parents and club supporters for their ongoing assistance.