A high school student from the state’s south is one of only eight athletes representing Australia at the World Deaf Swimming Championships.
Overcoming barriers is part of life for talented Albury student Brooke King, who is hearing impaired.
The 14-year-old from James Fallon High School in Albury is the youngest athlete selected for the Australian team at the 2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships.
The championships, which will see Brooke compete in Sao Paulo, Brazil in August, is one of two elite level competitions for deaf and hard of hearing athletes. Hearing impairment is not an eligible category for the Paralympics.
Brooke’s hard work and commitment was acknowledged at the Public Education Foundation Awards on Wednesday, where she was among 86 recipients of the Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship provides practical support to lift educational outcomes and career aspirations of high potential girls.
Brooke has previously competed at the National Deaf Games, and represented her school at the NSW Combined High School championships.
She told WIN News Albury that she was on the back foot and not able to hear the starting siren when she competed at the Australian Open Championships.
“The light is slower than the actual noise, so I look at that and when it beeps, and then I go, then I’m usually behind everyone, and then I have to take the 50 metres to catch up to them,” she said.
James Fallon High School principal Jennifer Parrett said the school community was looking forward to seeing Brooke compete in Sao Paulo. “She’s worked incredibly hard,” Mrs Parrett said.
Brooke’s passion for swimming isn’t just competitive, with her ambition to study marine biology after high school.