Sport

Clarke returns with medal haul as she prepares for surgery

SENSATIONAL STYLE: Kayla Clarke's butterfly technique secured her another record at the recent championship in California.
SENSATIONAL STYLE: Kayla Clarke's butterfly technique secured her another record at the recent championship in California. Sarah Harvey

RECORD-breaking Ipswich swimmer Kayla Clarke can have shoulder surgery and begin her long rehabilitation with confidence after returning from another successful international campaign.

The Waterworx Swim Club all-rounder won five gold and a silver medal at the recent Pan Pacific Para-swimming meeting in the United States.

While Clarke is used to achieving such medal hauls, her latest impressive performance is timely.

She's preparing to get work done on her shoulder before refocusing on the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

"She's a great kid," Waterworx head coach Paul Sansby said of the quietly spoken swimmer who won gold in the 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke.

"She started at 16 years old so she's done a pretty good job.

"She's disciplined, knows how to train hard and is good with her diet.

"She gets the job done."

Clarke's effort included SM 14 (her classification) records in the 100m backstroke heats - where she finished second in the final - and in the 200 IM.

She set a world record in the 100m butterfly at the competition in Pasadena, California.

All that came after the 2012 London Paralympian's limited training in recent months due to a sore shoulder.

"Her lead-up to this meet, she was probably only able to do about 10-15 percent of her training," Sansby said.

"It's a pretty good result. She had to get a cortisone injection and painkillers just to get in the water."

Sansby said Clarke had the club's full support in having her shoulder done.

"It will be a 12 month rebuild," Sansby said. "We've got to rebuild it and restrengthen it.''

"I definitely want to keep working with her,'' Waterworx coach Paul Sansby said.

"We'll work through her rehab and her gym work and go at it from there."

Clarke, 23, can also gain inspiration knowing her Waterworx clubmate Keryn McMaster returned from a similar operation to win a bronze medal at the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. McMaster knocked three seconds off her personal best.

She's in camp with the Australian team at the Gold Coast, preparing to contest the Pan Pacific championships in the 200m and 400m individual medley.

"Keryn just came back as good as gold so rehabbing your shoulder is just about taking your time," Sansby said. "We've just got to be patient with it."

For Clarke, joining the Waterworx club 12 months ago has continued her outstanding progress after stints with Woogaroo and Yeronga Park clubs.

At the 2011 Pan Pacs championships, she won six gold medals in Canada.

Before the London Paralympics, Clarke also represented at the 2009 Global Games (winning seven medals including four gold) in the Czech Republic and at the 2011 Arafura Games (14 gold, two silver and two bronze medals).

 

Kayla battles on through shoulder torment

KAYLA Clarke's extraordinary international success has come overcoming a hidden enemy - shoulder pain.

Her proud mum Paula revealed the Silkstone-based achiever had been enduring extra torment, needing to modify her training.

"It's been constant on and off for five years," she said of her daughter's battle with shoulder soreness.

"This last 12 months it's there every day. It doesn't go away."

However, the Silkstone mum hopes the surgery Kayla is due to receive early next month allows her to swim more freely in the future.

"The surgeon said if she wants to keep swimming the only way to get rid of it is surgery," Paula said.

Kayla would be a strong contender for the 2016 Rio Paralympics and could receive an opportunity at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games if her classification (S14) is included.

S14 competition is for athletes with an intellectual impairment.

Paula has been a tower of strength in Kayla's swimming conquests growing up in Ipswich.

She said the Springfield-based Waterworx club had provided a supportive environment through her recent challenging times.

And it's a much shorter drive than her previous trips to Yeronga.

Topics:  kayla clarke paralympian waterworx swim club



Man in hospital after country crash

Driver treated for injuries

HIT AND RUN: Did you see a Hilux like this near fatal crash?

The vehicle involved could be a 1988-1997 model Toyota Hilux.

The vehicle involved could be a 1988-1997 model Toyota

Ipswich woman's last chance to spend time with dying dad

LIFELINE: Ride-sharing job allows Bryr Brannigan to spend time with terminally ill dad, Patrick.

HOW Uber changed this local family's life

Local Partners

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

KIM Kardashian has been slammed by her followers after posting a tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

National breakfast show to film live in Ipswich

Studio 10 roving reporter David Robinson.

Roving Robbo homeward bound as Studio 10 comes to town

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

Why Crowe’s thankful for those ‘bulls**t’ rumours

Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007.

Crowe and Terri Irwin have been dodging dating rumours for years now

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Charlie Hunnam in a scene from the movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!