Riverina swimming carnival for students with a disability hailed a success

STAR IN THE MAKING: Tumut 16-year-old Ashley van Rijswijk shows off her first place ribbon at Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre on Wednesday. Picture: Jock Currie

STAR IN THE MAKING: Tumut 16-year-old Ashley van Rijswijk shows off her first place ribbon at Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre on Wednesday. Picture: Jock Currie

AN OUT of season Riverina swimming carnival may have unearthed a couple of future stars at Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre this week.

The Riverina swimming carnival for students with a disability was held on Wednesday with 50 students from across the region taking part.

Tumut 16-year-old Ashley van Rijswijk, from Gadara School, was the carnival standout, closely followed by 15-year-old Tyrek Afuamua from Narrandera High School.

“There was one super swimmer, Ashley from Tumut, she was amazing,” carnival convener Jenny Currie said.

“We might see her at the Paralympics one day. She was brilliant.”

Primary and secondary school students from places such as Griffith, Narrandera, Leeton, Tumut and Wagga competed at the carnival, which is all about fun and participation.

“It was a great day, even though it was winter for a swimming carnival,” Currie said.

“It was a fun, participation day. We gave out ribbons but it was more about having a go. There was novelty event for the non swimmers.

WINNER: Narrandera High's Tyrek Afuamua, 15, shows off his first place ribbon at the carnival on Wednesday.

WINNER: Narrandera High's Tyrek Afuamua, 15, shows off his first place ribbon at the carnival on Wednesday.

“It’s good to have everyone come together and compete against each other. It’s about meeting up with other kids, and going up against their peers.”

An athletics carnival will be held in October.