Hayley so good at sport she's like a 12-year-old super hero

FOR someone so young, Murwillumbah pocket dynamo Hayley Bendl knows it's all ahead of her and she wants it.

The 12-year-old powerhouse is showing her hunger in swimming, athletics, and cross country, having represented at State level in all three sports.

"I enjoy swimming and began being serious with it in primary school when I was about 9-years-old," Hayley said.

"In 2011 and 2012, I represented at PSSA level and, with CHS this year, I set a new record for the 200m individual medley."

Hayley Bendi
Hayley Bendi

Outside of school, Hayley is a member of the Cabarita Nippers.

She swims and trains at Murwillumbah Swimming Club and although not sure now, thinks she'd like to swim at the 2016 Olympics or the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

"I want to continue my running as well, including cross country," she said.

"I went to State for that this year but didn't place, but I'll keep trying."

She has no athletics coach outside school and whatever she knows is purely self-taught.

Hayley has the ability to be successful in whatever she chooses.

At this point and with the right coaching, the world is at her feet. The choice is hers.

Meanwhile, Tarryn Aiken is a talented touch footballer who plays for Tweed River High School and in both Queensland and NSW competitions.

Tarryn has played touch for around five years, and like a fine wine, has improved not just with age, but with experience from each game.

She has represented in PSSA and CHS, and has represented NSW at All Schools, returning last month with a silver medal.

On top of this, Tarryn plays soccer for Kingscliff and was a member of the winning Under-15 netball team last year.

PDHPE teacher at Tweed River High, Chris Swaddle said that Tarryn is an amazing athlete who commands a lot of respect from her fellow players.

"Tarryn has already shown that she is a great leader and does freakish things on the field," Swaddle said.



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