Aussie gold for Troy at swimming titles in Melbourne
GYMPIE swimming sensation Troy Carlson is now an Australian champion, after winning a gold medal at the 2014 School Sport Australia Swimming titles in Melbourne last week.
The 12-year-old, who lives with his family at Mooloo, just out of Gympie, qualified for the meet in five events, after a brilliant display at the Queensland titles in March.
Carlson started his Australian championships on Tuesday by narrowly missing the podium in the 50m butterfly and 200m freestyle, before finding an extra gear for the 100m butterfly event on Thursday.
After qualifying fastest with a time of 1.07.93 in the heat, a two-second personal best, he shaved even more off his PB in the final, swimming a 1.07.04 to claim the gold medal in front of New South Wales' Riley Dixon.
As if that wasn't enough, he finished off the meet on Saturday by swimming another PB, this time in the 4x50m freestyle relay, with his time of 28.50 in the last leg more than a second faster than his team-mates', and helping Queensland B to win the bronze medal.
Queensland B also finished fourth in the 4x50m medley relay, with Troy swimming the butterfly leg.
"We're so proud of him," mum Rachael said. "He's been training since the start of May, and there have been a lot of cold mornings and early starts, but all the hard work has paid off for him.
"This is his third year at the nationals, and he won a silver medal in the 100 'fly last year, and was really keen to go one better this time around. It was a great experience for him out of the pool as well, and he's made so many friends from all over Queensland from being part of the team."
Carlson's gold medal is the latest in a long list of achievements, having broken the 25m butterfly record at a Chandler meet last month, with a time of 14.01.