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Student Set to Compete in the Australian Age Open Water Championship


To our excitement, St John’s has recently been informed that one of our students, Sarah will compete in Australian Age Open Water Championships this Sunday. Sarah is set to compete in the 5km race which will take place in Mooloolaba. To ensure that Sarah is ready for the race she will attend a number of training sessions to familiarise herself with the course.

Sarah has been swimming and competing for approximately nine years. She has mainly competed in pool events, however over the past few years she has also taken to open water racing. Throughout her schooling, Sarah has represented St John’s Anglican College at District, Regional and State levels and has been a part of the JTAS and TAS teams since Year Four. Evidently some of Sarah’s school swimming records still stand from her participation in Primary School swimming carnivals.

Outside of school, Sarah is a member of the Yeronga Park Swim club where she trains all year round. Sarah generally averages between four and eight training sessions per week, depending on the time of year.  Although Sarah is more of a distance swimmer in the pool, she has still competed at Brisbane Sprint Championships, Queensland Sprint Championship and Queensland State Relays. Her interest for open water competitions came at the age of 12 years through her swimming coach, Rick Van Der Zant, who persuaded Sarah to enter her first 2.5 km race. Since then Sarah has competed in the Open Water Championships at a Regional and State level and subsequently qualified and competed at the Australian Age Open Water Championships each year since 2014, swimming in the 5 km event. Last year she also competed in the 5km and 10km events. Only a few weeks ago Sarah took part in the Noosa Ocean Swim where she placed 3rd in the Women’s Open 2km event.

Well done Sarah, your story is truly inspiring. St John’s wishes you well for your 5km race on Sunday.

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