Lucy keen for state debut
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE swimmer Lucy Boneham is keen to tear up the water when she lines-up as part of the Queensland team contesting next week's Pacific School Games in Melbourne.
The 14-year-old Gladstone South club member heads to the Victorian capital this Saturday and is excited at the prospect of making her state debut.
"I can't wait to go,'' Boneham said.
"It is a big thrill for me, I am looking forward to having a good time.''
And expect Lucy to have a good time in Victoria where she will contest four events over the program.
A specialist sprinter, Lucy is pencilled in for the individual 50 metre freestyle, backstroke and butterfly events along with the freestyle relay.
"I like the sprint races, to swim as fast as you can is great,'' she said.
Lucy has been spending over six hours a week in the pool with her coach Claire Bond in the leadup to the Games.
"It has been hard work, Claire has had me in the pool all the time, but hopefully it all pays off,'' she said.
Like the majority of swimmers, family support has been just as crucial to Lucy's success and therefore it is no surprise that parents Merryl and Geoff and brother Frazer are heading to Melbourne.
"To have the whole family there is great, hopefully them cheering me on will help me swim better,'' she said.
Lucy has been excited at the great support she has received from members of the close-knit Gladstone South club and the St Stephen's Lutheran College where she was named Sportsperson of the Year recently.