Melissa Hely with her ribbons and trophies from the North Coast carnival.
Melissa Hely with her ribbons and trophies from the North Coast carnival.

Melissa a Mighty Mouse

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

MIGHTY Mouse, Super Fly and Melissa Hely.

Most people would be aware of the first two names on the list but the third member of this group deserves to hold her place among the list of tiny superheroes.

The 11 year-old weighs only 27kg when she's sopping wet but throw her in a pool and prepare to be amazed at what this 'pocket rocket' can achieve.

The Sawtell Public School student recently was awarded the swimmer of the meet at the North Coast zone finals held in Lismore and looking at her results, more than deservedly so.

Hely picked up three gold and two bronze medals and swam the fastest time in the 50m butterly at the meet among any of the girls or boys.

Not only is Hely set to compete at the upcoming state titles at Homebush but her consistent results over many years of swimming has also meant that she received an invitation to go to Fiji during Easter to swim in the Fiji nationals.

"My coach Tim Raven organised for me to get invited," the little dynamo said in excitement.

"It's the first time that I'm going overseas."

Swimming against girls who are nearly a foot taller doesn't faze Hely as she relies upon the lessons learnt during her 8-10 hours a week in the pool for training.

"I've swum against most of the bigger girls before," she said.

"I get nervous before my races but I get in and just do it."

This good thing from a small package doesn't just do it but like the fellow tiny superheroes, she does it with a dash of speed.



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