Mandurah swimmers excel at State Championships

Amber Head and Heidi Gstaettner at the Junior LC Championships.
Amber Head and Heidi Gstaettner at the Junior LC Championships.

MANDURAH swimmers excelled at the State Championships in Perth on the weekend.

The event was where qualifying junior swimmers competed for their final ranking in their age group categories.

Heidi Gstaettner won nine medals including six silver and three gold at the 2019 Junior LC Championships.

She also ramped up two country records in her age group in the 50m and 100m butterfly.

“You prepare for so many months and it all comes down to this one weekend,” Heidi said.

“As a regional club from Mandurah you compete against all those big city clubs, and you have to work really hard to achieve your goals.”

Heidi trains several times a week with coaches from Peel Aquatic Swimming Club and Mandurah Triathlon Club. She also trains with triathlete and personal trainer Tim Watson to improve her body strength and coordination. “Strength is so important in butterfly swimming, so I am glad Tim helped me with that,” Heidi said.

Amber Head achieved her first medal at a competition of State level. Amber had a desire to improve her performance at school swimming carnivals. She joined the swim club, which greatly improved her fitness and skills.

Amber finished the season as the third-fastest in the 100m Breaststroke in her age category.

Sean Alcorn at the State championships.

Sean Alcorn from Mandurah Swimming Club achieved two golds in 50m fly and 100m fly.

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