Ability Care’s very own volunteer Krystal Hogan’s daughter Hazel, will swim toward a national title in September when she competes in the School Sports Australia Swimming and Diving championships in Adelaide.
At 10 years of age, Hazel qualified for the nationals event when she placed second at the state titles in March with a time of 1m 24 secs in the 100m butterfly – a personal best.
It followed several wins at the school, district and regional levels, which included smashing the Met West region record for the 100m butterfly in February.
Hazel learnt to swim through weekly lessons at five and was soon spotted by Greenbank Coach Trevor Kulick who took on training her.
Despite all her success, Hazel says she is not all that competitive – she just enjoys swimming because she finds it “relaxing”.
“Some kids just want to go fast and win, I’m just interested in improving myself,” she said ” I want to get better at it and maybe go to the Olympics one day”.
Hazel’s mum Crystal is thrilled with her daughter’s success and said she would be proud of Hazel, no matter what the outcome of the nationals competition.
Friends of the family have established a fundraising website to help Hazel get to the South Australian event which is expected to cost around $2000.
Donations can be made at http://www.pozible.com/project/25229