Taranaki teens face big test against Aussie's best

Two of Taranaki's most promising swimmers take on Australia's best this week at the Victoria State championships in Melbourne.

Jay Cadman-Kennedy, 17, and Ann-Marie O'Donnell, 16, both with the New Plymouth Aquatic club, left on Saturday for the week-long championships.

A two-day camp was held on Sunday and yesterday, with the competition starting today and continuing through until Sunday.

Cadman-Kennedy (New Plymouth Boys' High School) and O'Donnell (Waitara High School) are coached by Glenn Anderson.

"They're both dedicated swimmers and both are really good to work with," Anderson said yesterday.

"They work hard and always turn up for training."

Anderson said both swimmers were good chances of making finals in Melbourne and both were medal chances in their specialist events.

"Jay is a really good chance in his main event, the 1500m freestyle, while Ann-Marie's best distances are the 800m freestyle and the 400m individual medley."

Anderson said the two swimmers had to qualify for the event and both had bettered the qualifying time on several occasions.

"Clive Power, from Tauranga, is going over as head coach with the team.

"He's a very reputable coach and he will be great. He's got all the skills."