Grade 12 student Jessica Power represented NVSH in the QLD State Swimming competition on March 26.
She did a fantastic job - placing eighth in the State in the 400m individual medley, with a time of 5 minutes 43.41 seconds.
Jessica's favourite stroke is Butterfly, and she enjoys the fly and individual medley events.
Jessica is very passionate about her sport, and trains six to seven times a week with two-and-a-half-hour pool sessions and also works out at the gym a few times a week to enhance her strength and fitness. This dedication often has her in the pool by 5:30 am and at times finishing at 6:30pm.
The swim-star said that in the past three years she has competed in the State competition for NVSH and has also represented her swim club at a State level also.
“I like competing and seeing how far I can push myself and seeing what I can do," Jessica said. “It's fun to race against and train with teammates in the club."
Jessica said she would like to see where swimming takes her in the future, but her goal is to become a coach or personal trainer. She is already doing a Cert III in Fitness and HPE as two of her subjects and is enjoying that she can study her passion as well as participate in many sports.
Jessica is currently the Club Captain at Lawnton Swim Club and she helps marshal 20-30 young swimmers and often represents the club at events and races.
She said it is very rewarding to watch the children improve in the pool and watch them grow up over the years.
Jessica's mum Heather Power said its very cute to see the little ones looking up to Jessica at the club and loves watching Jessica compete.
“She is a little bit of a mentor for the middle ones, and they come up and like to have a chat with her," Heather said. “It's very nice to watch."
“It's really exciting. I really love watching them swim and see what they can do. You can watch the improvements in their strokes and their times. I get very proud. I have many proud mum moments."