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Laura's gold medal shows she's a flier on the rise

BEING an Olympic butterflier proud of his Ipswich origins, Heath Ramsay has enjoyed developing young talent in recent years.

The dedicated coach has a promising prospect to watch.

Railway Swim Club competitor Laura Brosnan knocked five seconds off her personal best to win gold in the 12 years 200m butterfly at the state championships at Chandler.

Her impressive two minutes, 28.09 swim in Wednesday night's final came after she improved her PB by a second in her heat.

"She's a quiet achiever," the Heath Ramsay Swim School head coach said.

"She absorbs everything. When she races, you learn that she is processing everything.

"She's putting it together nicely at the moment."

While such a big improvement is noteworthy, Ramsay said it wasn't surprising after Laura finished fourth in the 100m butterfly final on Monday night.

"She's always been around the mark," said Ramsay who represented Australia at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

"She jumps in and does the hard work. You don't really have to demand too much of her."

Laura competed at the primary school nationals two years ago before suffering glandular fever.

"She's been working her way back into things and it's only been the last three or four months she actually got some confidence with her butterfly,'' Ramsay said.

"She wasn't doing any butterfly before September of this year."

Laura has qualified in the 100m and 200m butterfly for the national age championships in Adelaide next year.

Another Railway club swimmer Maddi Cooke has also had an encouraging week at the state titles which finish today.

She's developing well in the 15 years 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle.

Maddi was among the Railways group setting PBs this week.

Topics:  heath ramsay



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