14-year-old Queensland dynamo Yolane Kukla (nickname: YoYo) announced herself on the national stage with a cracking time in the 50m butterfly to qualify for the Aussie team to Delhi, and also earn a spot on the national squad. She is the second youngest swimmer to make the squad, one week shy of a babyfaced Ian Thorpe. She is even hastily being compared to Thorpe, given her unique body type and remarkable rise through the ranks in recent years.
It's been revealed Yolane was a competitive gymnast before turning to the pool. Thanks to special agent A for bringing this article to my attention.
“We’re always trying to find new exercises to challenge her because she adapts so quickly,” Palfery told the Herald Sun. “She probably is 12 months in front simply because of her gymnastics background.”
Best of luck to Yolane this year, we hope she has more success in the years to come.