Tessa wins Games silver

CALOUNDRA'S Tessa Wallace has won her first Commonwealth Games medal after claiming silver in the 200m breaststroke final.

Wallace narrowly missed gold, finishing just behind Australian golden girl Leisel Jones.

It capped off a remarkable Games debut for the Pelican Waters swimmer, who's coached by her father John, who was a late addition to the squad after swimming strongly at the Pan Pacific Championships.

Friends cheer on Tessa

She's there! Tessa Wallace takes second place in her heat.

She may not have won the race but Tessa Wallace (pictured, below, earlier in the year) will always be number one in the eyes of her best friend, Whitney Webb.

Tessa, 17, is a student of Buderim’s Matthew Flinders Anglican College.

She came second in her heat to take a place in last night’s Commonwealth Games 200 metres breaststroke final in New Delhi.

Representing Australia in the pool and competing in the final has fulfilled a lifelong dream for Tessa, said Whitney, who insisted her mate was happy enough just being selected for the Delhi Games.

“I’ve spoken to Tessa a couple of times since she arrived in India and she said she wasn’t nervous. She just wanted to compete,” Whitney said.

“She was so happy to have been selected after her amazing performance at the Pan Pacifics. Getting in the final was the icing on the cake.”

Tessa and Whitney have been buddies since they were two years old and learnt to swim together under the guidance of Tessa’s dad, swim coach John Wallace.

Whitney said “Tessa was swimming virtually as soon as she could walk” and had always been a natural in the pool.

“Tessa’s so dedicated and motivated. The world better watch out for her,” she said.

During Tessa’s heat, in which she finished second to world champion, Canadian swimmer Annamay Pierse, classmates crammed into a classroom to watch their hero swim.

MFAC principal Anthony Vincent said watching Tessa compete was a proud moment for the school.

“The students are all really excited, but they are also really inspired by what Tessa has achieved,” he said.

“She works hard at school and she works hard at her sport.

“Tessa has shown the whole school community anything is possible.

“I have no doubt the world of swimming will be seeing a lot more of Tessa.”

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