Ballajura swimmer aiming big at School Sport Australia Swimming Championships

Jaymie Lutton (11) of Ballajura. Jaymie is a year 7 student at Chisholm Catholic College and she has been selected to represent WA at the 2018 School Sport Australia Swimming Championships in Hobart in July. Photo: David Baylis
Jaymie Lutton (11) of Ballajura. Jaymie is a year 7 student at Chisholm Catholic College and she has been selected to represent WA at the 2018 School Sport Australia Swimming Championships in Hobart in July. Photo: David Baylis

FROM backstroke to freestyle, Ballajura swimmer Jaymie Lutton is aiming to make finals in her state team debut at the 2018 School Sport Australia Swimming Championships.

The Chisholm Catholic College Year 7 student (11) will be racing in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m and 100m butterfly, and 4 x 50m freestyle and medley relays at the championships, to be held in Hobart from July 25-31.

Her achievements in 2018 so far include becoming the Chisholm Year 7 champion girl, fourth overall and first for the under-15s division in the Coogee Open Water Swim, winning a 200m backstroke bronze and beating her 50m backstroke personal best by a second at the WA Junior State Championships.

Lutton, a Tuart Hill Swimming Club member, said it felt “amazing” to represent WA and her school for the first time.

“It feels great to represent Chisholm as I really love all the sporting opportunities the school offers to me including the swimming program,” she said.

“I hope I can make Miss Anderson and all the other swimming coaches at Chisholm proud and encourage more of my peers to join the school swimming program.

“I am also looking forward to sharing this experience with some of my Tuart Hill teammates that were also selected.”

When she first started swimming as a baby in her home pool and beach, she was “petrified” of the water.

Photo: David Baylis

She took swimming lessons at Ballajura Aquatic Centre from five to nine years of age, before her coach suggested she join a local club.

“I have been swimming with Tuart Hill since 2017, I really love the club and all my friends,” Lutton said.

“Our club recently relocated to the new Scarborough pool which is amazing and I really like to have an ocean swim and breakfast with my teammates after training on a Saturday morning.”

She said she was looking forward getting to know her WA teammates better, competing and breaking a few personal best times in Hobart.

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