Sara?s Games bid dogged by injury

By GLEN SCOTT

TWIN TOWN'S swimmer Sara Marson has overcome a chronic shoulder injury and will compete at the Commonwealth Games selection trials in Melbourne next week.

Marson's preparation for the trials has been hampered by a repetitive use injury, but for the talented sprint-swimmer any disruptions to her training are nothing new.

"I've had the problem for about two years, it just flares up now and then," Marson said.

"I have my good days and my bad days, I just see how I feel before each training session."

Despite a recurrence of the injury at the worst possible time, the 16year-old has learnt to cope.

"It does bother me slightly, but there's nothing I can do about it," she said.

"If I can make a few finals and get close to a PB at the trials then I'll be happy."

Marson's club coach Andrew Hunter said everything possible had been done to get his star pupil fit to compete.

"Sara has been under constant physio manage- ment and has also been treated by Australian swimming's head physio when she travels to Sydney for competitions," Hunter said.

"We have had her on light duties to reduce stress on the shoulder and she trained exceptionally well yesterday and today."

Marson has a resume packed with achievements in the junior ranks, including Australian selection for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii last January and national age titles in the 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle for the past two years.

She has a big task ahead of her to make Games selection, however, regardless of the state of her shoulder.

"If she had a Kiwi accent, I'm sure she'd slip in," Hunter said.

"But this country produces so many great swimmers.

"If Sara can make the final in the 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle and a semi in the 100m breaststroke I would be very, very happy.

"If she makes a final and has the adrenaline pumping in front of a big crowd, you never know what can happen."



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