Emily laps up thrills of world stage

A sporting experience of a lifetime was shared by SASI athlete Emily White and her Australian teammates at the recent junior world swimming championships in Budapest, Hungary

Emily White standing in pool area at competition

EMILY White is still coming to terms that she can now add world championship competitor to her list of outstanding achievements in her blossoming swimming career to date.

Emily, 15, was the only South Australian and SASI athlete on the Australian team which competed at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championship in Budapest, Hungary, between August 20 and 25.

There, she finished 10th in the 1500m after finishing third in her heat. Her swim was outstanding as she was just .34 outside her personal best, having to wait until nearly at the end of the competition to get into the pool.

She said the experience and being part of the team was something she will not forget.

"That was different to any other competiton I have been involved in,'' Emily said.

"On top of that we had Britt Elmslie at the event as a mentor.

"It was fantastic. Britt volunteered to go in her own time and was there to give us all the support we needed and to be a mentor too.

"At times it was a bit hard watching the races from the stand as I wanted to be out there but I learned so much.

"I learned that you have to stick to your routine and do what you normally would do. Eat the same food, get plenty of rest, all those things.''

Emily also was in the care of her Norwood and SASI coach Shaun Curtis.

"I couldn't have asked for more, Shaun was a great help to all of us.''

Overall Australia finished third on the medal count, after winning in 2015 but finishing outside the top six in 2017.

For now the Year 10 Pembroke School student will get back into the books, have a short break from training and then ramp up later with the state championships in January 2020 the next target.

Emily White with swimming group

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