Swimmer Bindi’s one to keep an eye on
BANORA Point swimmer Bindi Ware, 11, has had a big year in the pool under coach Ian Walker at Kingscliff Swimming Club.
In her first year of competition swimming in 2013 she began dropping serious numbers of her previous personal best times and reaped the rewards recently at the New South Wales State Titles in Sydney.
Over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday January 18 and 19, Bindi won gold in the 200 metres freestyle event to become state champ with a time of 2 minutes and 21 seconds.
The winning time was a full 9 seconds faster than her previous best effort, an indicator of her natural ability and training over the last year.
"I started swimming at a really young age but never trained or went in competitions until last year," she said.
Getting up early for training can be tough some mornings, but she has a genuine love for the sport already.
During competition periods Bindi trains eight or nine times a week and tones it down to seven sessions between meets.
"I just love the feel of water and love swimming so much and have met so many friends through training," said Bindi.
She also finished sixth in the state in the 50 metre freestyle with a personal best of 29.87 seconds and competed in five different disciplines in total.
"Yeah, I was really happy with the results in Sydney and bring on the new season," Bindi said as she prepared for training in Tweed.
She is trying new things at training and already has a new stroke to experiment with after showing promise.
"My Butterfly is getting a lot better, I have chipped a lot of time off my times this year, so we will have to wait and see how much faster I get," she said.
When asked what makes a good swimming technique goes, Bindi says her coach plays a big part in her becoming a better swimmer.
"Ian is a great coach and he makes training fun and has taught me so much already, I guess just being smooth with your strokes is a good start but we are still experimenting with different stuff," she said.
She is setting her sites one goal at a time and as an 11-year-old is mature beyond her years.
"My aim is to go to the nationals at 13 years old then the Commonwealth Games and you know what comes after that," she said with a determined smile.