Gum Flat heading for state finals

TEAM: Rory Butler, William Lindsay, Jarred White and Michaela McLay are ready to relay.

TEAM: Rory Butler, William Lindsay, Jarred White and Michaela McLay are ready to relay.

Four young Gum Flat School swimmers are keen to show off water skills at the state championships between April 5 and 6 at Homebush.

The team of year 6 students Michaela McLay, Jarred White, William Lindsay and year 5’s Rory Butler will compete in the 200m relay

Both Michaela and Jarred will compete individually in the 50m freestyle. 

The young swimmers have commenced training, but Jarred said their order has been decided.

“I’m first, Will’s second, Michaela’s third, and Rory’s fourth,” he said.

“I’m second fastest and the Rory’s the first, and the fastest out of all of us.”

Rory said he has been swimming since age five, and has been to Sydney a couple of times. He said he enjoys the sport.

“I just like friends and stuff,” he said. 

Will agreed.

It’s just like a working-together event and its fun to swim as fast as you can,” he said.

It will be Michaela’s first time heading to state for swimming. She has been to a state jamboree riding, but not swimming, and did not feel too nervous.

In her individual event, she said she will not approach the freestyle any different to the relay – just planned to swim as fast as she could. Her teammates gave the event perspective.

“When I was in year four, we went down the relay team and I was really nervous because it was my first time,” Jarred said.

“Because I’ve swum there, a few years we got in the final, and that (made me really nervous).” He said now he could go down and not feel the same worry.

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