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Local swimming champion wins three State titles

Wednesday, 30th March, 2011

GOLD, GOLD, GOLD: Ellysia Oldsen with Olympic Swimming Champion, Geoff “Skippy” Huegill, in Sydney. GOLD, GOLD, GOLD: Ellysia Oldsen with Olympic Swimming Champion, Geoff “Skippy” Huegill, in Sydney.

Fifteen-year-old Willyama High School student Ellysia Oldsen has won three gold medals at the NSW Combined High Schools State Swimming Championships in Sydney.

Ellysia represented her school and the West Darling in three days of competition at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre which concluded last weekend.

She not only won three State titles, but also achieved them in personal best times - 50m freestyle 26.99, 100m butterfly 1:03.37 and 100m backstroke 1:05.89.

Ellysia was also hot on state record times, just 0.06 of a second from the NSW CHS state record in freestyle, and only 0.23 of a second from the butterfly record.

Olympic and world champion swimmers Geoff Huegill and Eamon Sullivan were poolside on the first day of competition, providing much inspiration to the high school students from all over NSW.

Ellysia has now qualified in six events to go on to the next level - the NSW All Schools Championships to be held in Sydney on May 9. This competition is the direct selection trials for the NSW state swimming team to compete at the School Sport Australia Championships in Melbourne in August.

In the meantime, Ellysia is training hard with the Silver City Swim Club for the Swimming Australia National Age Championships in April at the newly built SA Aquatic Centre in Marion, Adelaide.

This will be her fourth age nationals, having represented Broken Hill and NSW since she was 12 years of age.

This year, Ellysia has qualified to compete in seven age events, as well as seven open events. She hopes to do her city proud and also wishes to acknowledge the great support of her family, coaches, school, swimming club and sponsors.

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