Teen rises to occasion

Catherine MasseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
Amy Kerr, 14, has excelled at swimming and aspires to be in the Olympics one day.
Camera IconAmy Kerr, 14, has excelled at swimming and aspires to be in the Olympics one day.

Outstanding swimmer Amy Kerr — the Busselton Freight Services Rising Sports Star last December — is feeling fitter than ever after taking up new training methods during COVID-19.

At just 14 years old, the thriving athlete has performed incredibly well in the past two years and was set to train and compete in Malaysia as part of the Swimming WA Country Squad before travel restrictions were implemented.

Kerr said she had continued to train hard during the pandemic by using a tether attached to her fence while she swam in her backyard pool, and by taking up running.

“I think I have improved during coronavirus because I started doing extra training like this that I wouldn’t normally do,” she said.

Kerr has achieved national qualification for 2018-19 and 2019-20 and the titles of State age champion 200m breaststroke, State open finalist 200m breaststroke and State country champion for 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Kerr said her main goals were to qualify for age nationals, open nationals and Olympic trials in the season ahead.

She said her squad was focusing on fitness until meets could be scheduled closer to home.

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