QUIRINDI High School's Bella Pollard has made a splash for the North West at the recent Combined High School Swimming Championships in Sydney.
The year-seven student claimed a bronze medal finish in the under-13 girls 100 metre butterfly event, beating out some of the state's best swimmers.
Pollard said she was ecstatic to claim a podium finish at this year's competition.
"I was incredibly nervous before the event, and delighted with the outcome," she said.
The 13-year-old has taken her swimming to the next level by training three to four times a week in Tamworth.
Pollard began her after swimming career in year one at Quirindi Public School and with Quirindi Swimming Club.
"My family are all active people, and I used to watch my Mum swimming when I was a toddler at Narrabri," she said.
"I really want to be a swimmer, I find it a challenge and as you get older you can always swim as it's a low impact sport.
"So, I guess my parents inspired my love of swimming and sports.
"I would like to thank my family and friends and QHS for supporting my sporting and academic achievements.
"I encourage all students to take advantage of the access QHS provide to all students to the Quirindi Gym over the winter period."