Champion Glen Innes swimmer meets Variety postie dash sponsors

Glen student Ross Chappell posts a letter by Variety postie.
Glen student Ross Chappell posts a letter by Variety postie.

A young Glen Innes swimmer with ambitions of competing in the Olympics met the people that helped pay for her training this morning.

Champion swimmer Cadence McShane, bearing a quartet medals she won at a recent Toowoomba meet, told a group of Variety volunteers gathered at Glen Innes public school what the organisation's $3280 donation meant for her.

"My parents can now afford to take me to carnivals and my little brother and sister also benefit and can swim too," she said.

"It has helped me to get goggles that I can see out of; I've got flippers and paddles to help me train better so when I do compete I compete better and can achieve great results."

Another Variety scholarship winner, graduated Glen Innes high school student Jennifer Mackenzie, also attended - and sang at - the breakfast event. She received $5000.

The charity raises money to help children and their families with much-needed financial support for things like specialist equipment, therapy, and medical supplies, when they can't afford it, and when government assistance isn't available.

Around 62 postie bikes carrying 94 people including officials halted for the day in Glen Innes on Wednesday night before the Thursday morning community breakfast.


Variety Motoring Events Manager Stuart Teller said the organisation had trouble getting from Grafton.

"Yesterday the road across from Grafton where we had lunch yesterday - we'd set the bikes off and then we got a call the road had just been closed for a burn by the Rural Fire Service.

"We had to do 325 kilometres round trip to get here."

The 30 years veteran of Variety bashes and dashes said there's one thing that keeps him coming back:

"Did you hear her say - now I can see when I'm swimming?

"We've bought her a pair of goggles. We've made a difference."

Cadence McShane said she has a clear goal: straight to the top of the world of Australian swimming.

"I train every morning during the week and it is hard work but after training I know that I've achieved something and I'm one step closer to achieving my goals," she said.

"I'm hoping to get a national time when I'm the age of 13 and hopefully one day off to the Olympics."

The journey ends tomorrow night in Tamworth, where it started on Saturday.

The Variety bashes started in 1985 with a trip from Bourke NSW to Bourketown Queensland.