Isabella in mould of Lenton
By VINCE HABERMANN
FAIRYMEAD coach Paul Simms is certain Isabella Smith is a name that will be heard much more of in swimming circles.
The 11-year-old's best result so far was being a member of the girls' 12 years 4x50m freestyle relay team, which placed sixth at the recent Queensland age championships.
Smith admits her performance was "not very good'' in her only other event at the meet - 100m breaststroke - swimming outside her personal best, but it was a great learning experience for her and Simms labelled her as a "pintsize dynamo''.
"Isabella is a real ball of muscle - she's really strong across the back and thus generates speed in the water,'' Simms said.
"I don't know what event she will eventually specialise in but she is really enthusiastic and fits the mould of Libby Lenton - she doesn't miss a beat - she does well against bigger girls and competed at the state titles for the first time and did well.''
Smith, who also plays tennis and touch football, started her career with Fairymead and has been back with the club for two years after spending a couple of seasons in Aramac, where she continued to train and compete, but nowhere near the level at which she is now.
About to start Year 7 at Norville State School, Smith is currently churning up the laps of the pool for seven or eight sessions a week.
She described herself as "more of a sprinter'', with her best event "about even between 50(m) breaststroke and 50(m) freestyle''.
Her main aim for the rest of this season is to "get to Wide Bay again and finish top five in breaststroke and freestyle'', but she is also already looking towards next season with a clear vision of what she wants to achieve.
"I want to make it to state again next year and be in over three events, and win a medal,'' Smith said.