Eleven-year-old Imogen Fox has her eyes on a spot in Australia's Olympic swimming team. She trains five times are week, visits a specialist coach and throws in the odd triathlon for fun.
Eleven-year-old Imogen Fox has her eyes on a spot in Australia's Olympic swimming team. She trains five times are week, visits a specialist coach and throws in the odd triathlon for fun. Michael Nolan

Remember Imogen Fox, she will wear the green and gold soon

SHE may be just a child but Imogen Fox has some lofty goals.

The 11-year-old set herself the task of representing her country in an Olympic swimming team.

"Australia is big so there are heaps of people trying to make it but I reckon I have a chance,” she said.

It's a commitment Imogen made about four years ago while watching re-runs of the 2012 Olympics.

"I really liked the swimming and how they did it and I wanted to become an Olympian,” she said.

The young swimmer is already making a splash.

She blitzed the competition at the St Mary's Catholic Primary School swimming carnival placing first in the 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle and 50m Breast Stroke while placing second in the 50m Butterfly, 100m breaststroke and 100m Butterfly. Imogen was two point off the age champion title.

Next week she'll travel to Brisbane to compete in the state swimming championship with her Warwick Swimming Club team. Making the Olympic team takes a lot of practice and Imogen is committed to her sport, training up to five time a week. Two of those sessions are with with Allora-based trainer Andrew Fidge.

"He's really good, he makes up these cool drills and makes it fun and we improve a lot. My times get way better when I'm training with him,” Imogen said.

Despite the work load young lady looks for the joy in swimming, favouring butterfly over all other strokes.

"I like the rhythm of it, it feels like you are flying almost, but you are in the water,” she said.

If she doesn't make the national swimming team Imogen will fall back on her second love - triathlon.

"I've done 13 triathlons, they are all over the place,” she said.

"Early next year there is Hell of the West in Goondiwindi, you can do that as a kid, and there are all these Ironkid events around the place.

"Hell of the West is a hard competition for the adults, but they don't go too hard on the kids. For my age group it's a 50-100m swim, a 2-4km bike ride and 1-2km run or something like that.”

Imogen comes from good athletic stock and her strongest backer is her dad, Adam, who is also a triathlete.

"He thinks I have a chance if I work really, really hard,” she said.



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