Awesome foursome: Record breaking young superfish
THEY’RE two years from being teenagers, but this awesome foursome of swimming stars are breaking records and dominating teams, all produced from one school.
Immanuel Lutheran College’s 11-year-old superfish Jordan Turner, Elle Richardson and identical twins Poppy and Lily Johannessen are a force to be reckoned with.
The four have can cap off a remarkable year on Friday night at the Queensland Schools State Relay Championships.
If the championships goes like the past 12 months have, the girls are podium-certainties.
They finished last year winning the freestyle and medley relays at the same championships, broke the district freestyle and medley relays and thrashed their competitors at their inter-school carnival.
Mother of the twins and the girls’ water polo coach Kylie Johannssen said the four have a “beautiful, tight-knit bond” and unique ability to spur each other on to new heights.
“They’re grown up through school together and dominated as a team since Year 3,” she said.
“They all made the state titles for individual records and are such a tight little team.
“All of them just love swimming and each other. Competitively they’re touch and go, but it’s a beautiful rivalry to get better, not dirty.”
All the girls went on to gain individual selection in the Sunshine Coast regional team to compete at the QLD Schools State Titles in Brisbane in March earlier this year.
That bond has also been transferred to the water polo arena with Immanuel and the Sunshine Coast.
Ms Johannssen said the girls are in the water every day of the week, a testament to their ability and dedication.
“They train really hard, you can really see how much they listen too,” she said.
“All the girls are in the pool every day of the week. If it’s not following the black line swimming training, it’s water polo training and honing their ball skills.”
Jordan and the twins train at Cotton Tree under former Olympic hero Janelle Pallister while Elle trains at the Mountain Creek Aquatic Complex.