SUSSEX Inlet's Jasmine Greenwood will once again have the opportunity to test herself against the best athletes from around the globe, after qualifying for this year's World Para Swimming Championships.
The Shoalhaven High School student and her 34-person Australian Dolphins Swim Team squad will compete at the London Aquatics Centre from September 9-15 - following a strong showing at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships.
"My preparation leading into this meet was quite good," Greenwood said.
"I had a solid block of training during the start of the year, and then went on to compete at the NSW state open, where I was very successful - winning two gold and four bronze medals."
The state titles acted at the perfect springboard for the Greenwood to excel at the South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
The Bay and Basin Amateur Swim Club product, while in Adelaide, competed in five races, returning with one gold, two silver and one bronze medal.
The 14-year-old's gold medal came in the MC (multi class) 200m individual medley, where she clocked a personal best time of 2.31.91.
She backed this up with silver medals in both the MC 50m freestyle (28.92) and MC 100m freestyle (1.02.33) - with the latter again being a personal best time.
Her bronze came in the MC 100m backstroke, again in a personal best time of time 1.10.33 - with a fifth in the MC 100m butterfly (again in a personal best time of 1.08.77) wrapping up her successful meet.
"I thought I swam really well in South Australia," she said.
"Before each race, I went to my coach Bob McEvoy and he gave me some good tips for each race.
"I just knew before each race that I would swim well and ended up really surprising myself with my results."
"I was stoked to find out I had made the team for world championships to go to London," she said.
"It's very competitive, as you can imagine, and hard to make the qualifying times that are required.
"I'm thrilled to represent my country and make my fourth Australian Dolphins Swim Team at the age of 14.
"Its been a goal of mine for sometime and a step closer to hopefully being on the team for 2020 Tokyo Paralympics - my dream since I began para swimming at nine years of age.
"Now that I have qualified for London, I will be training very hard and working on perfecting my techniques and skills."
Jasmine Greenwood and Ricky Betar will receive The Kurt Fearnley Scholarship 🏊♀️ Providing further support to some of NSW most promising young para athletes - We are very thankful for the @CommGamesAUS continual support of our sport and emerging athletes 🏊♀️🏊♂️ pic.twitter.com/xbFNQyIC5E— Swimming Australia (@SwimmingAUS) April 5, 2019
Before she hits the pool in London, Greenwood, who was last month named as one of the Kurt Fearnley scholarship winners, has a number of other events on her radar.
"My schedule from now until the world championships will be busy," she said.
"I will be doing some hard training in the pool and in the gym, while making sure I have solid nutrition and sleep, as well as keeping up with my school work.
"In June, I will be heading up to Brisbane for the Para Grand Prix, where I will swim a number of races under some hard training conditions.
"In July, I will be going to Cairns for intensive training and meeting up with the rest of the Dolphins team - before we fly out to Manchester on August 30."
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Greenwood, who thanks the Bernie Regan Sporting Trust and coaches Bob, Gray, Kim and Yuriy for getting her where she is today, would love nothing more then to bring more medals home to the Shoalhaven from London.
"It would mean a lot to me to win a medal in London - it would be amazing," she said,
"But my goal for this meet is to just try to swim some personal best times, make a final, and do my country proud."
Joining Greenwood in the Dolphins squad will be Liam Schluter, Jake Michel, Rowan Crothers, Lakeisha Patterson, Monique Murphy, Brenden Hall, Blake Cochrane, Katja Dedekind, Braedan Jason, Rachael Watson, Tim Disken, Madeleine McTernan, Grant Patterson, Rick Pendleton, Keira Stephens, William Martin, Jack Ireland, Timothy Hodge, Ricky Betar, Jenna Jones, Ellie Cole, Matt Levy, Taylor Corry, Tiffany Thomas Kane, Jade Lucy, Ella Jones, Jesse Aungles, Col Pearse, Ruby Storm, Jamie-Lee Getson, Ahmed Kelly, Jeremy McClure and Ben Popham.