Brooke King has put Albury Swim Club back on the map at an elite level.
King is one of eight athletes to be selected in the Australian team for the World Deaf Swimming Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The 14-year-old has produced her best season yet, recently setting new personal bests in the 50m and 200m freestyle.
While King comfortably qualifies for events as a multi-class athlete, her focus is to beat the Australian open qualifying times.
The 200m freestyle is her pet event, but she's starting to focus more on the 50m and 100m, as well as testing herself in the 400m.
King's improvement has come from her strength and stamina - developing the ability to finish off races.
"Making the team is a huge achievement, so hopefully I can go over there and do well," King said.
"It will be different going with the team and not with my parents.
"I couldn't do it without the club and the support they've given me."
King is classified as an S15 athlete, meaning she competes with hearing loss.
However, she can also race against swimmers from S1 through to S16 with physical and visual impairments.
"S15 is one of the highest classifications, so I have to get five to seven seconds in front of everyone to get a medal or be in front in terms of points," King said.
"It's really hard because they're the same speed as me."
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Earlier this month, King went under 29 seconds (28.95) for the first time in the 50m, narrowly missing the national qualifying time of 28.50.
She's still swimming the 100m in 1:03.00 (around two seconds above national time), while she's closing in the on the 2:15:00 national time in the 200m freestyle after recording a 2:18.00 to smash her previous best of 2:20.00.
King will target six events in Brazil, but will first test the waters at the National Age Championships in Adelaide in April.
"The reason we preferred her to do the Australian Open multi-class championship was because she’s already got five Australian records at the Australian Age Championships," coach Wayne Gould said.
"We needed a step up to put her name out there and get that experience.
"She’s worked hard for it, unlike all the other kids, she has to swim up that black line in silence.
"It's coming down to the pointy end of the season and she’s swimming quite fast."
Gould admitted it's been a successful year for Albury Swim Club, with seven qualifiers for the nationals, but King is the only one headed to the open event.
"It will be interesting to see how she goes, we’re aiming for finals at this stage," Gould said.
"If we make the finals, we’ve done a terrific job and I think there’s a good chance she will.
"She’s one of our favourite daughters here at Albury Swimming Club - they all love her."
The World Deaf Swimming Championships run from August 25 to 31.
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