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EVERY COLOUR: Madeleine McTernan shows off the one gold, three silver and one bronze medal she won at the NSW Multi-Class Championships in Sydney last week. Photo: Trevor Veale/Coffs Coast Advocate
EVERY COLOUR: Madeleine McTernan shows off the one gold, three silver and one bronze medal she won at the NSW Multi-Class Championships in Sydney last week. Photo: Trevor Veale/Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

WOOLGOOLGA looks set to be the breeding ground for another Olympian.

Madeline McTernan has her sights set on the 2018 Commonwealth Games after she surprised even herself with amazing results at the New South Wales Multi-Class Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre last week.

The 13-year-old represented Coffs Harbour Swim Club in the event and hoped for personal bests - and boy did she deliver.

"We were only hoping that she might get a PB for the championships seeing this was her first appearance at a NSW Multi-Class Championship meet," father Paul McTernan said.

"She entered five events and shocked us all by getting five PBs and in the process winning a gold, three silver and a bronze medal for Coffs Harbour."

Madeline competed in the S14 category and hoped to not only get to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast but also the Paralympics in 2020.

She only took up serious training in October under coach Eugene Brogmus at Coffs Aquatic Centre.

Madeline said she loved swimming and will put everything into achieving her goals.

"I'll keep training," she said.

Topics:  swimming