Leah's making waves

By GREG WHITE

SAWTELL swimmer Leah Bird spent the weekend in Sydney training at the New South Wales Institute of Sport as a guest of Swimming NSW.

In making the final of the Australian national titles in her age division last year, the 14-year-old earned a spot in the state age development squad for the 2007-08 season with this latest flying visit to the city an opportunity to attend pool training sessions and fitness testing.

"The thing I'm most excited about is being poolside as a spectator at the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup," she said before heading south.

Local swimming officials are certain it's just a matter of time before Leah is elevated to the national swim squad with her determination and drive to succeed making her among the most familiar faces at Sawtell swim centre.

She recently became the sensation of the 19th Annual Sawtell Explosion Carnival by becoming her age group champion and taking out all open events with the exception of the 100m breaststroke.

Despite Sawtell suffering a massive power failure during the course of the meet, which played havoc with the electronic timing system, the glorious weather and fast times in the water made certain the meet went off with a bang.

Club president Cheryl Stollery praised the efforts of volunteers who stepped up to the plate.



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