Budding swimmer beats the odds and aims for nationals

Elliah Hamono, 10, has qualified for swimming nationals but is unable to compete because she is too young.
Elliah Hamono, 10, has qualified for swimming nationals but is unable to compete because she is too young. Mike Richards GLA040314SWIM

WHEN she was born, doctors told Elliah Hamono's family she may never walk.

Now Elliah is 10 and she has become a little superstar.

In fact, Elliah has progressed as a swimmer so quickly there are limits as to how high she can go.

She is unable to travel to the national swimming titles despite the fact she qualified.

Competing in the 12-years-and-under multi-class division, the Boyne Tannum Bullets swimmer, who won an Excellence Award from her club, qualified for the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

Despite not being able to compete this year because she is too young, Elliah is keen to keep improving and smash the times again to prove next year she is ready to be a national competitor.

"At Emerald (at the CQ championships) I won the multi-class 12-and-under-champion," she said.

"I am going to aim next year at going to Sydney."

Classified for the multi-class due to vision and hearing-impairments, Elliah recently took 10 seconds off her 100m breaststroke time to go under the national qualifying time.

The times will keep dropping too as a pool is being built in her backyard.

Dad Gary and mum Jo are going to make sure a block is installed, for Elliah to practice starts when she wants.

Elliah is unable to hear or see the buzzer so Jo taps the talented youngster on the leg to tell her to go.

The practice could see Elliah qualify for more events at the nationals next year, not just the two she qualified for this time around.

The bright and energetic swimmer is sure to improve, especially with the goals she has set herself.

"I could do 200m, easy," she said. "I think the 200 IM is actually my favourite."

Swimming runs in the Hamono family.

Elder sister Madison, 13, won the Boyne Tannum Bullets Club Person of the Year award this season as well.



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