Kalani Ives at her training ground, Maclean Pool. Photo Lachlan Thompson / The Daily Examiner
Kalani Ives at her training ground, Maclean Pool. Photo Lachlan Thompson / The Daily Examiner Lachlan Thompson

Super fish Kalani wows them at Yamba during ocean swim

AT just eight years-old Maclean's Kalani Ives is already making waves, or gliding through them.

Young Kalani completed the 1000m open ocean swim at the Yamba triathlon on the weekend.

In a field which included competitors more than seven times her age the little dynamo raced through the challenge in a very respectable 20 minutes and 57 seconds, finishing tenth overall.

Kalani's father, Todd Ives was proud as punch.

Ives also swam the event and could not be at the finish line to see his daughter come in.

But he was not in the least bit surprised to hear she had done so well.

"She does it all the time," Ives said.

"And I knew she would make the swim easily."

The reason: Kalani swims a distance of between two and 1.5km at training, four times a week.

And the sessions in the Maclean Pool before going to school at Maclean Public have clearly paid off.

"But when she came out of the water about 200 people did a standing ovation," said an ecstatic father.

"And then at the presentation the bloke said she's the youngest girl ever to complete the 1000m ocean swim."



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