Young Achiever | Mackensey’s training the House down

To say that Mackensey House lives and breathes sport would be an understatement. 

The 16-year-old is up at 5:20 every morning to swim before school, completing eight swimming and two gym sessions a week.

On Saturdays she sleeps in until 6:30 before hitting the pool.

“You’re obviously always so fit doing so much training, it teaches you to be organised,” she said.

Mackensey also fits in netball training with the Wodonga Raiders, football with the North-East Border Bushrangers and plays water polo, all while completing year 11 at Trinity Anglican College. The Wodonga teenager is one of the 12 nominees for this year's Norske Skog Young Achiever of the Year Award.

“I was surprised because it was a bit unexpected, but it’s really cool,” she said. 

Mackensey, who started swimming competitively at age 12, says she’d like to one day represent her country.

“I want to keep going and get better and hopefully make the Commonwealth Games or Olympic team, like we all hope to,” she said. 

“April last year I went to age nationals as part of the swim club, then I went through the process of school swimming in Sydney and made the State team and competed at the school nationals in December last year.

“My medals at school nationals have been my highest achievement.”

Mackensey has also collected several medals at the Victoria State age championships and Country age championships.

"The atmosphere is really cool when you're there, they're all high class athletes so to see the best of the best and compete against them is pretty good."

Sport plays a big part in the House family, with Mackensey’s two sisters, Shaylah and Blaynee, also playing a variety of sports.

"It's good, we're all really close as a family because of all of our sport.

"Obviously we all do netball and all love that but it's good to have different sports because then we can watch and support each other and be proud of them." 

Mum, Jodie, who is a Wodonga Raiders netball coach, credits her daughter’s success to hard work.

“She’s exceptionally humble and I think that's what makes the success even nicer for her,” she said.

“She gets quite embarrassed if as proud parents we tell people how she's gone.”

Although Mackensey focuses a lot of time towards swimming, she’s not ready for it to be her only sport.

“It’s hard because I love swimming and netball, they’re so different because swimming’s individual and netball’s a fun team environment.” Mackensey is off to represent Wodonga at Nationals in Sydney in April.