Alyssia Hampson, 11, Jessie Holmes, 11, and Tia Crosisca, 11, at the Harbour City Swim Meet.
Alyssia Hampson, 11, Jessie Holmes, 11, and Tia Crosisca, 11, at the Harbour City Swim Meet. Mike Richards GLA240115SWIM

Talented young swimmer wants to swim at top level

ALYSSIA Hampson is at home gliding up and down the lanes of Gladstone Aquatic Centre, feeling more alive in the water than anywhere else.

The 11-year-old, who competed in the weekend's Harbour City Swim Meet, admits to never being a runner, and doesn't think she will ever get black line fever either.

The sport runs in her blood, and, with her favourite stroke being backstroke, there is plenty of the world to see as she cruises along on her back.

"I have swum since I was five. My mum was a swimmer, my dad's mum was, and I like the feeling," Alyssia said.

"I feel very confident swimming."

So much so, at her young age Alyssia is already cued into all of the tricks of technique with backstroke.

She is now hoping to find a way to set a time that allows her to go to the Queensland championships.

"I try to keep straight so I won't hit the lane rope," she said.

"When I get to the flags, we have a stroke count so we know when to flip.

"It changes depending on how fast you go. You get less of a number as you get more powerful.

"Mine is five at the moment, but I remember when it was eight."

Not all of Alyssia's energy is spent on backstroke though, also pushing hard at one of the more difficult disciplines, butterfly.

Noticing her swimming getting stronger, branching out and being her best at all the strokes is now on the cards.

"I have got to flow more in the water and be very straight," she said. "Overall though, I just like pools."



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