A life around water has led Jaime Krueger to success in the pool with the young swimmer now setting her sights on the Junior Olympics.
The Shalom College student was featured in the latest episode of Shalom TV after returning from the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships with a swag of medals.
At the championships, which were held in Adelaide, Jaime took out gold in the 100m butterfly and silver in the 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly.
“It’s my third nationals now,” Jaime said.
“But I also do school sport nationals, which is representing my school, which will be later on in the year.
“This meet I did qualify for the junior world Australian team, which is one of the hardest teams you can make at my age. Unfortunately I didn’t get selected as top two in Australia up to the age of 17.
“Next year I am aiming to make the team and go to the junior Olympics which would be a really good experience.
“Then later on in the year in June, I’m going to the world trials for the open Australian team.”
Jaime Krueger has passion for swimming
Jaime said she had always been a swimmer but freestyle and butterfly were new events for her.
“Mum and dad put me in swimming really young because we used to live up North at Mission Beach near Cairns where we went out on the boat every day,” she said.
“I needed to know how to swim in case of an emergency and when I was around 10 I did start competing but I wasn’t very good.
“It was more of a fun sport and by the time I got to 12 I started medalling at states and nationals, which is where my career started.”
In among her school studies the dedicated athlete trains more than 24 hours a week.
Watch the latest episode of Shalom TV.
- Morgan Everett is a former Shalom College student who now works at Bundaberg Regional Council as a multimedia trainee under a government-supported program. Morgan edited and produced this package using material supplied by Shalom TV.