St Joseph’s humble swim star


Winning ways: Anna Lee will swim in more than 8 events at the Pacific Schools Games in November. Photo: Kitty Beale

Anna Lee is known to her schoolmates as ‘Super Fish’.

The Year 5 student Joseph’s Catholic Primary Enfield, 10, is a regular winner at state and national swimming events, displaying talent in all four strokes – freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly.

She will compete in 50 metre and 100 metre races in all styles, along with the 200 metre individual medley event at the Pacific Schools Games in Adelaide from November 20.

Anna was selected to attend after placing first in multiple events at the NSW Primary Schools Sports Associations (PSSA) State Championships in March. These included the 11 year old girls’ 50 metre backstroke (with a time of 35.08 seconds), 50 metre butterfly (32.69 seconds), and 50 metre breaststroke (40.11 seconds).  She placed second in the 50 metre freestyle event in her age category, missing out on gold by 0.11 of a second.

Anna showed fine form again during the NSW Metropolitan Short Course Championships on July 11 and 12, where she placed first in all four 100 metre events and fifth in the 200 metre breaststroke and 200 m individual medley.

Anna said she trains for two hours each evening, six days a week, with Macquarie Swim Club to be race ready.

“Breaststroke is my favourite,” she said.

“It’s comfortable.

“I started swimming at an early age. My coach saw me and said I had good shoulders and could start training. I’d like to go to the Olympics.”

Anna said she loves to read when she’s not swimming, including classics by Enid Blyton.

Her class teacher, Natasha Mitchell, said Anna was a very bright student who never boasted about her swimming achievements.

“She is the most humble person,” she said. “She never tells anyone unless they ask.”

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