Victoria Park Swimming Club swimmers aim for nationals

Victoria Park Swimming Club swimmers aim for nationals

A VICTORIA Park Swimming Club athlete has qualified for the national championship for a fourth time after her wins at the Sunsmart WA State Age Swimming Championships, with three other club swimmers hoping to join her.

Cloverdale swimmer Amy Ralph (15) won two gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze in five multi-class events at the State Championships in December, qualifying her for the 2019 Australian Age Championships in April.

Amy, who was born missing a part of her left leg, said she was often asked on how she swims and dives as a lower leg amputee.

“It’s basically how everyone does it, I just adapt,” she said.

Multi-class swimmer Amy Ralph with her medals from the Sunsmart WA State Age Swimming Championships. Picture: Bruce Hunt

Victoria Park swimming club athletes Alix Harris (14), Callum Richardson (14) and Jed Bruce (15) recorded their personal best times at the State Age Championships, with Alix and Callum making it to the finals of their events.

Alix, Callum and Jed will be training to achieve the times needed to join Amy at the 2019 Australian Age Championships.

“People think swimming is an individual sport and competitively it is but we train as a team,” Amy said.

The 2019 Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Swimming Championships will be held in South Australia on April 15 – 22.