McDuff explodes out of blocks
By LEE GASKIN
WHAT "pocket dynamo" Jaimie McDuff lacks in natural talent she more than makes up for in heart and a fierce will to succeed.
One of the new breed of club swimmers who prefers butterfly, McDuff reaped the benefits of her hard work last weekend when she smashed two PBs at the meet in Gayndah, in both the 50m fly and 50m backstroke.
This result came on the back of her performance in making the schoolgirls' Wide Bay team earlier this year, where she finished fifth in the 50m butterfly.
During the many training sessions every week in the pool, McDuff said she concentrated on "improving her kick" so that she could be "stronger through the water" to bring down her PB.
When she is not following the black line, the 10-year-old is a keen lifesaver with the Bundaberg club.
While the St Luke's student is too young for this weekend's Queensland titles, the up-and-comer said she was prepared to "put in some hard training" to be ready when she is eligible next year.
The readiness to do the tough slog day in and day out is something that has impressed her coach Paul Simms.
"Jaimie doesn't say much, she just does what is asked of her without any fuss," Simms said.
"She's got a really good technique, and is prepared to do the hard yards."
While next year's state titles are her goal, McDuff said her ultimate dream was to be "an Olympic swimmer".