Jordan Austin's goals becoming a reality

Jordan Austin's hard work has paid off as she was a cut above the rest in the pool at the Wimmera Championships.

A member of the Stawell Stingrays, Austin was one of 21 Stawell swimmers to take part in the Wimmera Championships.

Austin won six individual events including 100 metre freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, 200 metre individual medley in the 15-16 age group before stepping up and finishing first in the 100 metre freestyle and backstroke and individual medley in the open division.

The young gun was also a part of two winning relay teams and had a couple of silver medals to go with her gold medals.

Austin won the 15/16 age champion with 20 points and open women's champion with 21 points, giving her the overall trophy with 41 points.

"I wasn't quite sure about the event in the beginning, but my main goal for this year was to win the open women's champion sash," she said.

"I'm very happy with my efforts for the weekend and especially coming home with the overall champions trophy which was such a surprise."

Jordan had been training twice a week leading up to the event in preparation for a tough meet.

"I've been doing half an hour strength training with one other swimmer and another hour of swimming training with the coaches," she said.

For Jordan swimming has always been a priority, making the commitment seem relatively easy.

"Swimming has always been one of my favourite sports so when it comes to a choice, whether training or competing, I'll always choose swimming," she said.

"Keeping up with school work hasn't been that bad since training is later at night, which gives me a chance to get my work done."

Jordan at this stage doesn't think she will take her swimming any further, but would like to remain in Stawell and potentially do some coaching.

Jordan couldn't thank her family and friends enough for their support.

"Everyone is just one big family who encourages each other and we all just have fun," Jordan said.

Jordan's favourite event is the 100 metre freestyle because of the competitive nature.

For now Jordan will return to Marian College where she is in the process of completing year 10.

Other successful swimmers were Jayden Dignan who took out the 15/16 boys Wimmera Champion and Jaxon Healy the 11/12 age group champion.

Jayden won the male 15/16 age group championship, winning three of his age group events, freestyle, butterfly and backstroke, while placing third in breaststroke.

He also won the open 100 metre freestyle and placed second in the U/16 individual medley.

Jaxon Healy won the male 11/12 years boys age group championship.

He won the 11/12 years 100 metre freestyle and butterfly while placing second in the backstroke and breaststroke.

Jaxon also won the U/12 individual medley.

As a whole the day went very well for Stawell Stingrays, finishing second to Horsham in the aggregate points and second to Donald in the average points per swimmer.

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