TAMWORTH Public School will have two swimmers representing the school and city in Adelaide this week – Olivia Saunders and Ryan Taggart.
The two young swimmers qualified for the National Schools Sports Association Swimming Championships at the recent state carnival at the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre (SOPAC) at Homebush in Sydney.
Tamworth Public’s Barry Everingham said having two outstanding young students such as Saunders and Taggart represent was an exciting development for the school and the talented young students.
Taggart had to compete against his twin brother Chris to gain selection in the side at the state championships.
Both are talented young sportsmen who swim and train with the Tamworth City club.
He will be representing NSW in the 50m butterfly after he blitzed the field for a new PB in the lead-up events.
He will also contribute in the freestyle and medley relay teams.
Taggart is very excited to be part of a touring team and to have the chance to compete at this level, but most of all to fly in a plane on the way to Adelaide.
The Year 4 student has only been able to fit in one training session in the last fortnight after coming down with chickenpox, although he is fully recovered now and even competed at the zone athletics carnival on Friday.
Saunders is a member of the Kootingal Moonbi Swimming Club where Greg Poetschka is the coach.
“She’s been swimming out here since she was about six years old,” Poetschka said.
“She’s done very well.
“She finished second in her breaststroke at the State Championships and third in the 50m butterfly.
“She’s looking good to be a triathlete as well.”
Saunders will be competing in the 50m breaststroke and butterfly as well as the medley relay.
She is the younger sister of State and national cycling champions Jess and Tori Saunders.
It is her first time competing at international level and the young talent is also excited to be part of such a big team and to travel to Adelaide.