Olympic swimmer Libby Lenton (centre) with Layla Mackay (left) and Gemma Henricksen (right).
Olympic swimmer Libby Lenton (centre) with Layla Mackay (left) and Gemma Henricksen (right).

Swimmers inspired by Olympian



LIBBY McPherson's idol is Olympian Libby Lenton, but the shared Christian name has nothing to do with her fascination.

Libby, 8, has been swimming since she was four years old and one day dreams to be an Olympic butterfly champion just like Miss Lenton.

Miss Lenton was in Bundaberg yesterday, with Telstra Dolphin Luke Trickett, to inspire swimmers from the Fairymead Swimming Club at their annual sign-on.

The world record holder offered guidance to the swimmers and answered questions about swimming as a career.

But the advice most heeded by the children was to "have fun and enjoy your sport''.

"Mentally you have to be confident to go out there and win,'' Miss Lenton said.

"You really have to love what you are doing to achieve.''

Fairymead Swimming coach Paul Simms said he expected more enthusiasm at this week's training sessions.

"The kids have really related to Libby and Luke,'' Mr Simms said.

"It gives the kids the inspiration to never give up.''

Libby said she hoped to one day swim in the Olympics like her idol.

"I think I can if I train harder and work harder,'' Libby said.



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