Olympic dreaming for Tweed athlete
WITH a first name meaning “drawn out of the water” in Hebrew, Tweed swimmer Moesha Johnson found her true calling between the lane ropes.
A self confessed water baby, Johnson started swimming as a toddler and after a growth spurt at 14, the now 178cm 18-year-old West Tweed local has started making some serious waves in the pool.
Bursting onto the world stage in 2014 following selection in the Australian Junior Swimming Team, Johnson has serious talent.
She rises most days at 4.30am for a two-hour training session, under the watch of Olympic 400m freestyle gold medallist Bradford Cooper at his Burleigh Aquatic Centre.
Australian Junior selection jolted Johnson into realising she had barely scratched the surface of her potential, which has now firmly entrenched her as one of Australia’s most promising young 800m and 1500m swimmers.
“Making Australian juniors was a huge shock and I didn’t think I was at that level and didn’t even know I could aim for that,” Johnson said.
“Before that I was just swimming the best I could, but that’s the point when I went ‘yep, I can make it’.”
Silver medals in the 800m freestyle at Oceania Championships in New Zealand and the 1500m at the Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii in 2014 has put Johnson in the frame for Olympic selection.
While Coy about her chances, Johnson will give it her best shot when she heads to the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide from April 7.
“It would be amazing if I make the Aussie (Olympic) team, but it’ll be tough,” Johnson said.
“Even if I do get second in the 800m, I have to make the Olympic qualifying time and I don’t think I’m quite up to that, but you never know. With all the adrenalin running high, you can never discount the possibility that it could happen.”
Johnson is in her first year of a Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree at Southern Cross University (SCU) after securing a Summerland Credit Union Scholarship through SCU’s Rising Stars scholarships program for academic excellence.
With ambitions of one day becoming a surgeon, the future is bright for Johnson, but before the curtain falls on her career in the pool, she won’t leave any stone unturned in pursuit of her dreams.
“My goal is swimming at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018,” Johnson said.
“I work really hard, I train lots and put 110% effort into everything I do and don’t want to waste a second.”