State Swimming champ

May 3, 2021 | Community News, St Anne's News

Young Sale swimmer Zayden Burton swam a personal best to win silver at the Victorian School Sports State Swimming Championships.

The Gippsland Grammar Year 6 student came second in the 12-13 boys 50m backstroke event recording a time of 36.2 seconds.

Zayden (pictured below) has been swimming for four years as part of Sale Swimming Club and this swim was certainly a career highlight. Successfully winning his way through to last week’s championship titles in an individual event and achieving a medal had been Zayden’s goal since finding a passion for success in the pool.

Previously, when he was in Year 4 and Year 5, he made the Victorian primary school swim team in relay events.

“Backstroke is my favourite stroke,” the 12-year-old said. “I love swimming. “There is always a personal best to catch and that helps me keep improving.”

At the state titles Zayden also went on to help his classmates – Will Doube, Obi Vardy and Kody Said (pictured below) – place second in the boys’ relay medley relay and third in the freestyle relay.

He was part of an eight-student squad from Gippsland Grammar Sale and Bairnsdale qualifying for the meet held at Melbourne State Aquatic Centre. Other regional representatives were Max Williamson, Adelaide Ripper, Piper Jankowiak and Tessa Newstead.

Gippsland Grammar Physical Education and Swimming teacher Simone Langshaw said all students demonstrated great commitment and dedication to train and progress through five qualifying carnivals to the State Championships.

“Zayden swam a beautiful race finishing his 50m with a strong back end to swim over two swimmers to clench the silver medal.”


Gippsland Grammar background:
Gippsland Grammar is one of Australia’s leading co-educational Anglican schools, with a tradition of excellence in education extending almost 100 years. Located in the heart of Gippsland, the School has more than 1100 students across three campuses including St Anne’s junior campus and the Garnsey senior campus, both at Sale, and the Bairnsdale junior campus in East Gippsland. Enrolments at both junior campuses begin with a 3s and 4s kindergarten program at their respective Early Learning Centres (ELC) and Garnsey caters for students from Years 7-12. Gippsland Grammar is also the only boarding school east of Melbourne’s suburban fringe and is a home-away-from-home for students from far East Gippsland, South Gippsland, Victoria’s High Country and the Latrobe Valley as well as for a cohort of international students.

Gippsland Grammar’s 2020 VCE results:
Gippsland Grammar’s class of 2020 was among some of Victoria’s highest achieving Year 12 students. An amazing 23 per cent of the School’s Year 12 students achieved an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) above 90, which places them in the top 10 per cent of students in the State. And 55 per cent of students achieved an ATAR above 80, placing them in the top 20 per cent while 13 students secured apprenticeships and traineeships this year through the School’s VCAL program. Click here to read more about our 2020 VCE results.

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