ROSY FUTURE: Sally Vagg proudly displays her medals she won recently. She will continue to train ahead of her next big event in December.
ROSY FUTURE: Sally Vagg proudly displays her medals she won recently. She will continue to train ahead of her next big event in December. Nick Kossatch GLA100818SALLY

Meet the quickest 12-year-old on the fly in the pool

SWIMMING: It has been a meteoric rise for Boyne Tannum Bullets Swimming Club athlete Sally Vagg.

She is now the best and quickest 12-year-old butterfly swimmer in Australia after her feats at the School Sports Australia Swimming Championships in Hobart.

Fellow Bullets swimmer Jarrod Lee Jarrod competed in four individual events and placed bronze in the 17-19yrs 50m backstroke, fourth in 50m freestyle, fourth in 100m backstroke and freestyle multi-class.

He also achieved two silver medals in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay and 4 x 50m Individual Medley.

Jarrod also got personal-best times in all his events.

On top of Sally's gold medal win, she won a silver medal in the 100-metre butterfly in which she completed the distance in just over five seconds.

"When I qualified fastest for 50-metre butterfly and 100-metre butterfly, I thought I had a good chance for a medal," she said.

"I knew both my relay teams were strong and we had a great chance at medalling if we pushed ourselves to do our best."

Sally also said she had surprised herself in such an elite event.

"Yes by far, I was hoping to make the finals for every individual event and achieve personal-best times in every race," she said. "My personal-best time in the 100 fly was also an achievement I was very proud of.

"Over the heat and the final of the 100 fly, I dropped a total of 5.27 seconds off my race time.

"My 50-metre fly was my best race as I won a gold medal in a personal best time - both of which I am very proud of. Being the fastest 12-year-old butter-flyer in Australia is pretty cool."

Under the guidance of Bullet's head coach Kate Bell, Sally said she has been a huge influence.

"My freestyle stroke has improved a lot over the last year and my coach Kate Bell and I have been trialling different styles and techniques and this has shown an improvement in my power and stroke," Sally said.

"We have also been working very hard on being consistent with my race splits, which allows me to achieve faster times.

"I swim every day except Sundays and a session is usually one to two hours in duration and some sessions include land training/core work followed by a pool session."

Sally will continue to train to prepare for the Queensland State Long Course Championships in December.

"I am aiming at being able to make finals in some events and to continue pushing myself with PBs at a state level," she said.


50m Butterfly - Finalist - Australian School Champion in 29.61sec - 1.81sec PB time

50m Freestyle - Finalist - Finished 6th in final. Time 28.97sec (0.62 PB)

100 Butterfly - Finalist- 2nd place. Losing margin 0.2sec. Time 106.45secs (PB of 5.27sec)

100 Freestyle - Finalist - 3rd Place Losing margin 0.05sec between 1st and third. Time 100.95 secs (2.91 PB)