Commonwealth Games swimmer Laura Crockart and Tom Craig were crowned joint 2014–15 TWT Club Six/Ryde Sports Foundation Sports Stars of the Year at the Gala Presentation Dinner on Friday 1 May 2015 at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club.
Laura was the toast of Ryde-Carlile Swimming Club after her selection in the 59-strong Australian team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The North Ryde superfish did her country proud by qualifying for the final of the 800m freestyle where she finished eighth in a strong field behind Welsh gold medallist Jazz Carlin (8 min 18.11sec), posting a time of 8min 41.64 sec.While that time was nearly 10 seconds outside her personal best, a candid Laura said nerves had affected her performance in the final but the experience was a good learning curve for Crockart who joined a select band of Ryde-Carlile swimmers including the great Shane Gould to have represented Australia at an Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games or World Championships.
Laura earned her senior international spurs with top performances at the National Swimming Championships at Brisbane Aquatic Centre.The highlight was clinching gold in the Women’s 1500m freestyle final in a time of 16 minutes 17:36 sec.
Crockart also collected a bronze medal at the Games’ selection trials following her third place in the 800m freestyle final behind Jessica Ashwood (SOPAC) and Alanna Bowles (Rocky City).
Laura impressed keen judges with her time of 8 min 31:84 sec in the final – keeping the pressure on the experienced Ashwood and Bowles for the entire race.
Under the guidance of mentor Condon, the talented Crockart has developed into one of Australia’s finest long distance prospects.
She is the 23rd Ryde-Carlile swimmer to represent Australia and the first to compete at the Commonwealth Games since Jenny Turrell in 1974 when the Australian coach was Ursula Carlile.
Laura will step up her training later this year in a bid to make the national squad for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.