Yolane Kukla's star on the rise

2 years ago, 13 March 2012 (AEST)


My proudest achievement would be

winning at the 2010 Open Nationals.

It was my first Open Nationals

and I wasn’t really expecting
to make the team or anything.

So I won the 50 fly,
and that was really unexpected.

And so I went on to go to
Commonwealth Games

and then I won gold in the 50 free there.

It was definitely a lot different
to normal Australian meets.

International meets are very different.

But it was very exciting being there

and fun to be a part of
the Australian team.

I always remember watching
Libby and Leisel -

I always watched them.

And I watched a bit of Skippy -
I didn’t see a lot of him.

But they were definitely
the ones I looked up to.

It’s a bit different now that
you sort of see them a lot

when you’re part of the team

but, no, I still look up to them.

It’d mean a lot.

As I said, I’d love to represent Australia
at the Olympics

and it’d be my first Olympics if I make it,

so it’d be amazing.

Young Yolane Kukla exploded onto the Australian scene in 2010 when she surprised herself to qualify for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. Kukla won gold in the 50m freestyle in Delhi and hopes to emulate the feats of her Olympic heroes like Libby Trickett, Leisel Jones and Geoff "Skippy" Huegill at the London 2012 Olympic Games.