HANNAH Ryan was club champion in her age group of the Western Suburbs Swimming Club last year.

This year she again impressed, defending her title in the 11 years age group.

But winning is not the only reason the 11-year-old gets on the blocks for training every week.

For Hannah, it's about her friends, lessons she learns, and improvement in her form.

"Winning is fun and the competitiveness is great, but also the rivalries and the friends I make," she said.

"I always want to swim my best and personal bests are a main factor."

CHAMPION: Hannah Ryan stays focused as she competes for this year’s title.
CHAMPION: Hannah Ryan stays focused as she competes for this year’s title. Paul Braven GLA

Heading into each event competing only with her previous best times, Hannah is never disappointed when she is beaten by other swimmers.

Her approach means she is surprised to break records, which she did on Wednesday night at the club championships.

"I swam a 1.21.20 for the 100m butterfly, which is a club record," she said.

It wasn't the only record that tumbled on the night. Peyton Craig grabbed a few, including a breaststroke record set back in 1996.

"It is always fun because we know everyone," Hannah said.

"We are always cheering for each other. We have been through all the hard training together."

Next on the agenda, as the season winds down, is the Capricornia swimming trials.



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