FIRST PLACE: St John's Emily McNulty won the 50m and 100m freestyle at the Roma and District Swimming Carnival.
FIRST PLACE: St John's Emily McNulty won the 50m and 100m freestyle at the Roma and District Swimming Carnival. Blake Antrobus

Emily’s passion for the pool brings success

SWIMMING: As the Roma and District Swimming Carnival kicked off on Monday, Emily McNulty was ready to take on the clock.

The 11-year-old St Johns student won the 50m freestyle with a time of 35.38 seconds and the 100m freestyle, in 1.19.43.

A swimmer for about seven to eight years, Emily said she was really happy to participate in the carnival.

“It was really good fun, and I’m an okay swimmer,” she said.

“My favourite part of the day was meeting new people from around the district and hanging out with my friends.”

Emily also swam in other events on the day, including the 100m backstroke and the 200m medley of mixed swimming styles.

“My favourite stroke is freestyle,” she said

Looking to role model Emily Seebohm, Emily wants to reach state level racing.

“I just want to keep swimming and enjoy myself,” she said.

Her mum Leisha McNulty said her daughter had always been a bit of a swimmer, having taken to it when she was three.

“She’s striving to go to state, which would be really great from our end,” Ms McNulty said.

She was one of many parents at the carnival helping with timing, administration and encouragement for the young swimmers from across the district.

She was proud of her daughter for the effort she put into her training.

“We’re very proud; she trains hard and really wants to do this herself,” she said.

Up to 12 schools from across the district participated in the carnival.


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