Emily's star continues to rise with junior worlds in sight

Dominant results at the recent Australian Age Swimming Championship in Adelaide have seen SASI star Emily White selected on the Australian team to compete at the junior world championships in Budapest, Hungary between August 20 and 25

Emily White

REALITY is hitting home for SASI swimming champ Emily White that in a few months she will be packing her bags and heading out with the Australian team for the world junior championships in Hungary between August 20 and 25.

Outstanding results at the Australian Age Swimming Championship at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre where she claimed four medals, including gold in the 15 years girls 800m free and 1500m free, saw Emily chosen in the 30-person team. She was the only South Australian to make the swim team, while SASI network and Norwood Swimming Club coach Shaun Curtis also was selected.

Emily, 15, said she was thrilled with her selection and her form in four of her five events.

"As the meet went on I seemed to get stronger and the further the distances the better I went," Emily said.

"My goals were to set PBs and to try to win the 800m and 1500m which I was lucky enough to do. I also aimed to make the team for the junior worlds so I was really happy to do that.

"With the 1500m being a new event for women at the 2020 Olympics my coach Shaun thought it was good to race in 1500s which would help making national teams. I will have a short break and then back into full training. We have a camp coming up so the time will go really quickly.

"The only thing is that I will miss my brother Charlie's 18th birthday when I'm away but I will try to bring him back something special.''

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, who is expcted to look after about five swimmers at the world event,  said he was thrilled with Emily's effort.

"It was a great meet for us as a team," Curtis said.

"We had some strong results and Emily was a standout and had a strong preparation. We knew that the 1500m being a new event for women at the Olympics was an event to target. Emily has been a great trainer and the international experience will be great for her."

Swimming Australia will host a swim camp for the team in Canberra between July 7 and 13.

Swimming Australia National Junior Coach Glenn Beringen will lead the team which will include Curtis and support coaches Brian Miller, Steve Miller, Janelle Pallister, Michael Shaw and Nick Veliades.

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