Nanango swimmer Kathy Huntley looks to take all
KATHY Huntley, 65, has showed no signs of slowing in the pool and has instead gone from strength to strength.
The Nanango swimmer just returned from Masters State Championships in Miami with a haul of medals.
Huntley won three gold medals and a silver in her strongest stroke, breaststroke.
But she was most impressed with how well she did in the other strokes after she diversified with the help of coaches Donna and Joe Dangerfield.
"Donna said I needed to start branching out," Huntley said. "My biggest accomplishment is the other strokes."
Huntley won silvers in the 200m individual medley and 200m freestyle. She also won a bronze in the 50m freestyle and just missed out on medals in the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly.
"The 200m free is my best. I have never done a 200m free in any competition," she said.
Huntley hopes to carry on this form at the Masters National Champions in Melbourne over April 21-24 where she will compete in the 65-69 age group.
Although she doubts she will medal as she expects the level of competition to be much higher.
"My goals for nationals is to get into any finals, so in any of the top 10s," Huntley said.
As Huntley progresses through her third year of competitive swimming, she has grown in confidence.
"Off the blocks I said to myself it's a training day but just go faster," she said.
Ahead of the national titles, Huntley said would focus on her turns, gliding and backstroke.
"I have a fear of being on my back," she said.
Huntley has stepped up her training to about six times a week, swimming 2.5km five four to five times a week, 2km once a week and a water aerobic session.
She said she was improving all the time and looked to continue for as long as her body would allow.
"When I watch the 80-85-year-olds, I want to stay that slick," Huntley said.
"It really is a privilege that you can keep going."