Hervey Bay’s Tessie White swam her way to being crowned a Queensland champion during the State Sprint Championships.
Hervey Bay’s Tessie White swam her way to being crowned a Queensland champion during the State Sprint Championships. Karleila Thomsen

Tessie wins gold at sprint champs

HERVEY Bay’s Tessie White is the best in Queensland and that’s official.

The nine-year-old powered her way to winning gold in the 50m freestyle final during the Swimming Queensland Sprint Championships in Brisbane.

The Star of the Sea student won it in style as well.

She swam a personal best of 32.91secs, more than half a second better than her previous best, to win the first state title of her young career.

But White, one of 27 members of the Hervey Bay Swimmimg Club in action during the championships, was finished yet.

White, who was a member of the four-strong Wide Bay team that won bronze in the medley final during the Queensland Championships in December, finished out of the medals but swam personal bests in her three other events.

Michelle White said her talented young daughter was still struggling to come to terms with what she had achieved.

“I don’t think it has sunk in yet and I am sure it will take a while before it finally does,” Michelle, who was watching from the stands at the State Swimming Complex in Chandler, said.

“She was lost for words and very quiet after the race when she realised she’d won.

“That’s very unlike her but I think she was gob smacked,” Michelle laughed.

Despite the impressive win, Michelle said her daughter, who started swimming in a baby class when she was six months old, would be keeping her feet firmly on the ground.

“She has never been one to show-off and that won’t change,” Michelle said.

“She’ll just continue to train, swim and have plenty of fun and that (having fun) is what it’s all about at her age.”

Three other Hervey Bay club members also won medals during the championships.

Another nine-year-old, Josiah Wells, won silver in the 50m freestyle while 18-year-old Kate Thomson won two Bronze medals in the 50m freestyle and backstroke finals.

Carlo Oliaro,13, was the other medallist, winning silver medal in the 50m butterfly.



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