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Swimmers New Zealand bound

Ready to swim: Taylah Tobias will join her Newhaven College team-mates in New Zealand.

NEWHAVEN College athletes are taking their swimming to the international level.

A team of four will head to New Zealand in September to take part in the AIMS Games and will represent just one of two Australian schools in a field of 160 schools.

The team comprises Taylah Tobias of Inverloch, Amy Roberts of Tarwin Lower, Jessica Kiley of Bass and Molly Hosken of Phillip Island.

Taylah competes with the Leongatha Swimming Club and South Gippsland-Bass Swimming Club, and in New Zealand, will contest 16 events over two days.

Among them will be the 50m freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly, individual and team medleys, and several 100m events.

The event will be Taylah’s first international swimming competition.

“I’m excited and looking forward to seeing it all. It will be a great experience seeing what it is like competing against New Zealand schools,” she said.

Sue Kiley of the South Gippsland-Bass Swimming Club approached Newhaven College seeking the college’s support to field a team under the college banner.

Infinity Swim School at Phillip Island has sponsored new bathers and these have already proven successful, shaving 13 seconds off Taylah’s time over 200m.

The AIMS Games will be held at Tauranga City in the North Island. The event is open to any school in the world and is for children aged 11-13 in 16 sports.

“I’ve been training hard for it by doing lots of endurance sprints and have to hold my breath for 25m,” Taylah said.

The community has supported Taylah, with sponsorship offered by Outtrim Masonic Lodge, Slice of Paradise Bakery at Inverloch, Forster and Co. Accountants at Inverloch, Phoenix Dance Studio at Wonthaggi and Inverloch Foodworks.

 

 

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