LAUNCESTON'S Kaitlyn Ellston will be competing against some of Australia's best young swimmers in this week's short course championships in Sydney.
The 16-year-old Riverside Aquatic swimmer will contest the 50 and 100 metre backstroke events in what will be her sixth national competition.
Ellston is hoping to achieve a new personal best in the 50m backstroke, and is confident of her chances.
``I'd really love another PB and I'm ranked quite well in my 50m backstroke, so I'd love to get a higher ranking in that,'' she said.
``Last week I had a time trial and I swum well in that so it looks like I'm good to do well.''
With a qualifying time of 31 seconds for the 50m backstroke, the Launceston Church Grammar student is well placed with a personal best of 29.70.
Ellston will be joined by coach Matt Barwick, a former state backstroke representative, at what will be his first national championships in a coaching position.
``I reckon it will be a really good experience for him. He's a really good coach,'' she said.
The championships represent the chance for young swimmers to compete at a higher level, and Ellston is keen to embrace these opportunities.
``This gives me an opportunity to get into the Tasmanian Institute of Sport and compete at a higher level.''
Eleven Tasmanians will swim in Sydney including Launceston university student Trent McLaughlin and Devonport's Jacob Templeton, who are on the Australian youth and bronze squads respectively.
Josh Pickett, Thomas Curran (both Launceston Aquatic) and Thomas Clarke (South Esk) will also be competing along with Hobart's Joanna Smart, Tim Belstead, Will Harmsen, Jack Evans and Josh McDermott who will compete in seven events.
The championships run from August 23-25 at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.