BATTLING severe eczema and allergies for much of her young life, swimming was never a sport Isabella Sibincich thought she would succeed in.
The 11-year-old Bannister Creek Primary School student said she was always in and out of Princess Margaret Hospital and couldn’t swim at all until two years ago when new medication allowed her to take it up.
In those two short years the young swimmer has risen up the ranks and her hard work has paid off with selection to the WA team to compete in July’s 2018 School Sport Australia Swimming Championships in Hobart.
Isabella said she loved everything about swimming, from making new friends to competing and trying to perform well for her club, the Riverton Aquanauts.
“My favourite distance is sprints so I prefer 50m or 100m swims and my favourite and best event is breaststroke,” she said.
“I was so excited to find out that I made the team as I have never been outside of WA, so I am really excited to travel to Hobart, and to be going with my swimming friends makes it so much better.
“I also never imagined I would get selected against girls who have been swimming so much longer than I have.
“I think that I will do really well – I have been training really hard and I’m hoping to get some new personal best times and do team WA proud.”
The 2018 School Sport Australia Swimming Championships will be held in Hobart from July 25-31.