State colours for Coten

Claire Coten. d424399
Claire Coten. d424399

The 14-year-old was one of 57 swimmers selected to represent Western Australia in the Australian School Sport Swimming Championships in Melbourne.

She claimed two gold medals in the 100m and 200m freestyle and two bronze medals in the 1500m and 400m freestyle.

The Year 9 Corpus Christi College student said she felt proud to represent the State and add to the 12 medals WA picked up at the championships.

‘I was also very nervous, as the stadium was packed full of spectators and some of the girls from the other states were really tall,’ Claire said.

She started swimming lessons when she was six months old and progressed to competing aged seven.

Claire said she enjoyed swimming because of the friendships she had formed.

‘My coach makes sure that we have lots of fun while training,’ she said.

‘I really love the training as it is fun and keeps me fit. I am also so used to exercise; I don’t know what I’d do without it.’

Claire trains eight times a week, two hours per session, as well as completing an extra two to three gym sessions a week.

She has qualified for the Australian Open Nationals next year and hopes to one day make it to the Olympics.

Claire was a recipient of grant funding from the City of Canning.

Athletes under the age of 25 are eligible for grants from $100 to $500 to attend interstate events if selected by their sport’s governing body.