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Junior F-Teamers Seek Global Domination

19 May 2017

Junior F-Teamers

With two big international meets on the 2017 schedule, we're very excited to announce another seven F-Teamers who will be representing their countries! Keep reading to find out a bit about each of our six Australian and South African F-Teamers who will be competing!

Sarah Beale

16-year-old breaststroke star from Acacia Bayside Swimming Club, Sarah Beale, is no stranger to suiting up in the green and gold having raced at the 2016 Junior Pan Pacific Championships. April was a huge month for Sarah, with a fourth place in the 200m breaststroke at the Australian Championships quickly followed by three gold at the Australian Age Championships in the 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley.

"To be selected to represent Australia is a great honour and I'm very appreciative of having been given this opportunity. I couldn't have achieved this without my friends, family and coach, who provide me with support and encouragement on a daily basis and I am very grateful to have them around me."

Shikira Matheson

It's a tough gig when your bag is heavier to carry home because of all the medals you won! For 14-year-old Shikira Matheson from St Peters Western, this was the case after she won an impressive five medals at the Australian Age Championships. Shikira got the double medley gold with a win in both the 200m and 400m individual medley, silver in the 100m butterfly and bronze in the 100m free and 200m breaststroke.

"It means so much to me to make the Australian team. It's always my dream but I didn't think I was going to achieve it this year. With the amazing help from my coach, I achieved one of my many dreams and can't wait to explore more of my bigger dreams in the future."

Lydia Murray

14-year-old Lydia Murray will join Shikira, her training buddy and partner in crime, at the World Junior Championships. Lydia won gold in the 100m and 200m butterfly and 100m freestyle, as well as bronze in the 50m and 200m freestyle at the Australian Age Championships.

Eliza King

Eliza King from Rackley Swim Team turned heads at the Australian Age Championships after winning gold in the 50m freestyle and silver in the 100m freestyle, and narrowly missed the podium for the 400m freestyle when she touched fourth. She also stepped up side-by-side with sprint queens the Campbell sisters in the 50m freestyle final at the Australian Championships.

Kirrily Siebenhausen

17-year-old Rackley Swim Team member Kirrily Siebenhausen is ready to get stuck into the World Junior Championships after coming fourth in the 100m freestyle and fifth in the 200m freestyle at the Australian Age Championships. Having also represented Australia at the 2016 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, Kirrily is excited to have a second time on the team.

"Being selected on the Australian team again gives me the motivation and reassurance that my hard work is paying off. It feels like it is all worth it when you get the opportunity to wear the green and gold at a world championship level."

Sophie Caldwell

Rounding out the Australian junior F-Team representatives is 17-year-old Sophie Caldwell from Nunawading Swim Club. Sophie will compete for Australia at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the 200m individual medley after coming in third at the Australian Age Championships. Sophie is very excited and grateful for the chance to deck out in the green and gold.

"It's an amazing opportunity and a dream come true!"

Kiara Noades

Stepping up to the blocks beside the Aussies is our 16-year-old South African F-Teamer, Kiara Noades. The freestyler has had her sights set on representing her country at the World Junior Championships and is excited to have been selected.

Good luck to all of our F-Teamers as they build toward the World Junior Championships and the Commonwealth Youth Games!

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