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Olympic swim hope

Ready, set, go: Charlee Gough, a student at Phillip Island’s Newhaven College is in Adelaide and will compete tonight, Tuesday, March 20 against the best in Australia in the 50 metre fly for a place on the Australian team for the London Olympics.Oh brother: when it comes to swimming, Newhaven College student Bowen Gough of Bass is aiming high and hoping for a top 10 ranking in the Australian Age championships in Brisbane at Easter.

NEWHAVEN College student Charlee Gough of Bass will swim tonight Tuesday, March 20 in Adelaide for a place on the Australian team to compete at the 2012 London Olympics.
Formerly of Inverloch Charlee, 16  and brother Bowen, 13 are the consummate Aussie quiet achievers, but mention swimming and their eyes light up.
This sister and brother swimming duo is striving to go as far as they can with their swimming, and Charlee will compete tonight against the nation’s best in the 50 metre butterfly
Charlee has a big task ahead of her, matching it with some hot competition in 15-year-old Queenslander Yolande Kukla, winner of the 50 metre fly at this year’s national championships and beating 50m butterfly world champion Marieke Guehrer and swimming faster than Libby Trickett.
Talking to The Star last Friday Charlee was not at all phased by the big names she will come up against, she is just out to do her best and hopefully better her time.
Charlee said her time for the 50 metre fly is 27 secsonds  and to win she would have to be doing a 29 second race.
“I always do better at big meets and if I did make the Australian team it would be amazing,” she said.
Charlee and Bowen have been members of the South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club. They for six years and before that the Wonthaggi Swim Club and train at Wonthaggi four sessions a week and at Leongatha SPLASH pool one night a week,  and that means a lot of travelling with mum Michelle.
Both competed in the State swimming championships at the end of January where Charlee took out her first major award with Silver in the 50 metre fly and Bowen a Bronze for the same event and he finalled in every other event.
Not forgetting this talented swimming duo helped their Sambal House to a win at the recent Newhaven College House Swimming Sports.
They attend school at Newhaven College and both admit with all the training and time spent on the road it is a bit of a juggling act trying to fit in homework and extra activities.
Charlee’s other passion lies in the performing arts. She dances, plays alto sax in the college band and is involved in the school’s next musical production, “Seussical”.
As for Bowen, next to swimming football doesn’t come a close second but is an equal. He played with Dalyston but will play for Kilcunda-Bass this year as it is closer to home.
“I love football as much as swimming,” Bowen said.
“It would be great to have an all year round pool on Phillip Island,” said Charlee.
“It would mean a lot less travelling for us and would be great for all the Phillip Island swimmers and others in the area,” she said.
At the moment Charlee works through her lunchtime at school just to keep up her homework and to fit in her training.
Bowen is focused on the Age National Championships in Brisbane this Easter where he and his sister will compete against the best in the country, and Bowen is quietly confident of some good results.
He is hoping for some good results and would like to finish in the top 10 in Australia after the
Nationals.
With an eye to the future Bowen said he would like to try out for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in two years and the Rio Olympics in 2016.
“I really just want to go as far as I can with my swimming,” he said.
He will compete in four events including the 100 metre freestyle, butterfly and backstroke and the 200 metre backstroke. Charlee will concentrate on her key event, the 100metre
butterfly.
Charlee headed up to Adelaide on Monday with her mother and Bowen will be cheering for his sister at home with dad Owen Gough.

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