TALENT: Troy Carlson is Gympie's sport star of the month.
TALENT: Troy Carlson is Gympie's sport star of the month. Renee Albrecht

Carlson in the mix

SWIMMING: Teen swimming sensation Troy Carlson has been awarded Gympie's sport star of the month for October after claiming a swag of medals recently at the national age championships in Darwin.

The James Nash student won gold in the medley relay, 200m butterfly, the freestyle relay as well as silver in the 50m and 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly.

Carlson's performance at the nationals has cemented his place as one of the best junior swimmers in the country. With support from the Sunshine Coast Sport Federation combined with local sponsor Cooloola Family chiropractic, the young gun will be well on his way to a career in the sport.

Based in Mooloo but training with coach Adrian Williams out of the Sunshine Coast, Carlson completes a gruelling eight-sessions-a-week training regime to best prepare himself for the high level of competition.

His results so far this year have earned the budding superstar our sport star of the month award, donated by the Sunshine Coast Sports Federation.

In other federation news, the organisation held its annual AGM recently and was delighted with the outcome of the new board and its pathway for the future.

Councillors Peter Flannery (Moreton Shire), Joe Jurisevic (Noosa) and Greg Rogerson (Sunshine Coast)were all present for the meeting.

Gympie Mayor Mick Curran and Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson were unable to attend, but both remain as patrons, as does lifesaving icon Hayden Kenny.

The federation was delighted with the achievements of the region's athletes this year, indicated by the number of Australian representatives at both the Olympic and Paralympic games.

It was the region's best-ever Olympic representation (14) and Paralympic representation (15) which included homegrown rowing talent Gavin Bellis who placed 8th in a strong international field.

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