Well-rounded Crystal sets goal for gold in the pool

Crystal Edwards (10) is a talented swimmer.
Crystal Edwards (10) is a talented swimmer.

The Carine Primary School student has been nominated as a Times HBF Junior Sports Hero for her sporting talent, vibrant personality and ability to maintain a well-rounded lifestyle.

Crystal was introduced to swimming at the age of five, when she went through the state swim program and excelled at all the levels.

Her mother, Jo Edwards, decided to sign her up to the West Coast Swimming Club, so she could continue to pursue swimming at a competitive level.

‘She did her first interschool carnival earlier in the year and broke three records,’ Mrs Edwards said. Crystal’s most recent record was set at the Lesmurdie Legends 2013 Winter Carnival in the 200m breaststroke (girls 9 years) which she swam in a time of 1:37.22.

For the past three years, she has been breaking records in breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle at numerous West Coast Swim club competitions.

Mrs Edwards said her daughter had a healthy lifestyle, which incorporated a balance of schoolwork, swim training, goal setting and time with friends and family.

‘She demonstrates how to be competitive in sport while still loving life and having heaps of fun,’ Mrs Edwards said.

Crystal said she enjoyed swimming with her sister, having fun at training and loved the feeling of being in the water.

She trains four to five days a week and hopes to compete at the Olympics and win a gold medal one day.

Crystal will find out if she is the winner of the HBF Junior Sports Hero Competition early next year.