Carlson scores another medal at state meet
TROY Carlson's cheeky grin hides a seriously competitive streak that has seen him enjoy yet another incredible season in the pool.
The pocket rocket has just returned from last weekend's Queensland sprint championships at Brisbane's Chandler Aquatic Centre and the swimmer was not empty handed, bagging silver in the 50m butterfly.
Fresh from a day at school, Carlson jumped on the phone to tell The Gympie Times about his recent competitive outing.
Q: Congratulations, Troy. Winning state silver is not easy. How were your other results?
A: I finished 12th in backstroke and breaststroke and fourth in freestyle.
Q: Not a bad effort. How did the meet finish compared with your expectations?
A: I was really happy with the silver and the 12th in the backstroke and breaststroke was much better than I thought. Winning silver was great.
Q: Have you been to a state-level competition before?
A: Yes. Last year I competed and got a second and third.
Q: Was the competition harder this year?
A: It definitely was much harder this year. I really noticed it, so to win a medal was really good.
Q: What about competing at a national level?
A: I competed last year nationally in the 50m butterfly and two relays.
Q: How did you go?
A: I won a bronze medal in the freestyle relay and a silver medal in the individual medley relay. I also got a fourth in the butterfly which I was pretty happy about.
Q: Where are you based these days?
A: I live in Gympie but train with a Eumundi club. It's really good. I have made some great friends there.
Q: Is that what appeals to you most about swimming - the friendships?
A: I love the competition and making friends so it's both.
Q: Often things go very wrong in sport. Have you had anything funny happen to you while competing?
A: During my butterfly event in Brisbane last weekend, I really needed to go to the toilet. I didn't time it very well.
Q: Swimming takes a lot of commitment with training and travelling away to events. You must have a lot of supportive people around you.
A: My Mum and Dad help me out a lot and my coach is great too.
Q: How do you go juggling school with swimming?
A: I go to Gympie South State Primary School and I have to get up an hour earlier than the other kids when training. That's not always easy.
Q: What's next for you, Troy?
A: There are the Wide Bay championships early next month.
Name: Troy Carlson
Favourite food: Macca's - bacon and egg burger
Favourite TV program: You're Skidding Me - on ABC 3
Favourite music: Chart music
Funniest moment in sport: I was competing in butterfly once and was getting a lot of water in my mouth and was coughing and splattering all the way to the finish.