Hernani hotshots head to Homebush

Hernani Primary students, from left, Hannah Maxwell, Tom Turnbull, Claudia Turnbull, Zani Smith and Emma Goddard.
Hernani Primary students, from left, Hannah Maxwell, Tom Turnbull, Claudia Turnbull, Zani Smith and Emma Goddard.

THE 2005 Hernani Primary School relay team is eager to uphold the school's tradition of providing tough competition at the NSW PSSA Swimming Championship to be held at Homebush April 6 and 7.

Hernani's team first cracked state representation at PP5 level (two teacher school with 26 - 52 students) in 2000 and in 2002 they were placed seventh in the same event.

However in 2003, when the school's enrolment dropped below 25, the team competed at PP6 level (1 teacher school with less than 26 pupils).

They trained hard for the event and were thrilled to bring home gold.

Last year with three of the team members off at high school, the new look team received bronze for their efforts.

This year's crew are veritable veterans with Tom Turnbull, Hannah Maxwell and Emma Goddard returning from 2004.

Zani Smith takes the place of his elder brother, Beattie, and Claudia Turnbull, the nine years old reserve, has swum very capably for the team at two of the lead-in carnivals.

The team has been swimming impressively to date and were excited to break the North Coast School Sport Association record at the recent regional carnival in a time of 2:41:08.

They are certainly on track to be considered a chance at medalling if their current form continues.

Emma, 11, who has been part of the school's relay team since 2001, is clocking up her fifth year of state representation, both individually and in team events.

She will also contest the senior girls 50 metres breaststroke.

For a remote bush school, with a 100km round trip travel to each training session, the team's achievements are quite outstanding and it is hoped they will achieve their goals.

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