Sascha Jones (pictured) dominated in the pool in 2017 and has continued her strong performance in 2018, which is why she was named Berrigan Shire Junior Sportsperson of the Year on Australia Day.
The Tocumwal super swimmer was unable to accept her award on the day as she was competing at the Victorian Country Championships in Shepparton.
‘‘I was disappointed not to be at the presentation, but it was lovely that my Nan Cheryl was able to accept the award on my behalf,’’ Sascha said.
‘‘I am honoured to receive this award, as I was up against some amazing local talent.’’
Sascha competes as a member of the Shepparton Swimming Club and trains with it twice a week.
Her primary coach is Liz Brooke from the Stroke Work in Motion (SWIM) Academy, based in Barooga.
As well as her personal pursuits, Sascha had a successful 2017 in school sports with Finley High School.
Among her achievements last year are:
●Eight records at Finley High School swimming carnival.
●14 Year Old Champion at Finley High swimming carnival.
●Gold medal in 50m butterfly at the Victorian All Junior Championships.
●Finished 8th nationally in the 12-13 years backstroke at the Georgina Hope Foundation National Age Championships.
●Gold medal in 50m backstroke at the NSW All School Championships.
●Gold medal in 100m backstroke at the Victorian Age Championships.
●Silver medal 50m backstroke at the NSW Pacific School Games, where she also competed in the 4x50 Medley Relay and All Age Relay.
Sascha said it was an exciting 2017 and she is looking forward to the 2018 competition.
‘‘I’m still blown away by the year itself and it is hard to single out a particular highlight, but I have to say that coming second in the 50m backstroke at the Pacific School Games was a pretty special moment.
‘‘It was an event against every state in Australia and many Pacific nations; I honestly did not expect that result.
‘‘When I have had a year like 2017, it makes 2018 very intimidating.’’
While her success is a result of her strength and determination, Sascha also credits much of it to the support of her family and coach.
‘‘It goes without saying that I owe so much of my success to my coach, Liz Brooke.
‘‘We have been a team since I was eight years old and she has ridden the highs and lows with me
‘‘My Nan and Pop Barry do so much driving to and from training when my parents are not available.
‘‘I also have to thank my parents, Penny and Randall, as they play a major part in helping me achieve whatever goal I set for myself — from the early morning wake ups to the never ending car drives, they have always been there to support me and be my voice of reason. I shall be forever grateful to have them as my parents.’’
■More on Sascha’s performance at the Victorian Country Championships in today’s SRN Sport.