Emily set to take to the blocks at junior world titles

The countdown is well and truly on for SASI athlete Emily White and her Australian teammates preparing for the junior world swimming championships in Budapest, Hungary between August 20 and 25

Emily White with coach

IT CAN'T get too much bigger than a world championship for a 15-year-old but rising star of the pool Emily White is keen to lap up the atmosphere and enjoy the experience she is about to embark on.

SASI, Norwood Swimming Club and SA and national champion Emily White is set to represent Australia at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championship which begins in Budapest, Hungary, between August 20 and 25.

Emily 15, is the only South Aussie competing on the 30-person team for athletes aged between 15 and 18 years, while her coach and fellow Norwood member and SASI coach Shaun Curtis also is on the team.

The training camps are over and now it is down to business for the young stars who could be household names in a year or so.

Long regarded as a shining light of the sport with outstanding results at club, state and national levels in her age bracket, Emily said before leaving Australia that she was looking forward to everything connected with the competition – in and out of the pool.

“I really can’t wait to see how other countries prepare for an event like this,’’ Emily said.

“Just watching the seniors prepare (selection trials) was amazing, I learned so much and can’t wait for the (world) titles.’’

Emily expects to compete in the 1500m but is focusing only on her swim and tactics and not worrying about other swimmers in her event.

Emily’s selection for the world titles was sealed with outstanding results at the recent Australian Age Swimming Championship at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre. There, the SA Sports Institute scholar claimed four medals, including gold in the 15 years girls 800m free and 1500m free, backed by personal bests.

Apart from the distance gold medals where she set Norwood Swimming Club records, Emily won silver in the 400m free and bronze in the 200m free.

Coach Curtis was confident Emily was going into the junior world titles in top condition.

“She has had a really good prep, she’s injury free and swimming fast,’’ Curtis said.

Although the Tokyo Olympics probably will be beyond Emily’s reach, the 1500m swim, which will be a new event for women in Tokyo, may just feature the name Emily White in the years to come.

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