Carlson brings home a swag of medals for Gympie
SWIMMING: Gympie-based swim sensation Troy Carlson returned from the Queensland School Swimming Championships with a swag of medals recently, standing him in good stead for the national championships later this year.
The James Nash High School student maintains a gruelling eight-session-a- week training schedule that sees him travel to Eumundi to take advantage of their heated facilities all year round.
The extra training is clearly paying off for the young gun who returned from Chandler with a haul of four bronze, one silver and two gold medals.
Carlson's performance has cemented his position as one of the top junior state swimmers.
"I had a pretty hectic schedule," Carlson said.
"I managed to get through it pretty well but it was chock-a-block."
Carlson secured gold in the 100m and 200m butterfly, bronze in the 50m butterfly, 100m and 400m freestyle and silver in the 50m freestyle.
The medal tally means that Carlson will, hopefully, wear the Queensland colours at the national championships in September when the Australian championships are held in Darwin.
Wearing the maroon and white is nothing new to the specialist butterflyer who has represented his state on four previous occasions.
But before Carlson can turn his focus to Darwin, he must get through the club nationals which will be held in Adelaide this week.
Carlson has qualified for the 100m and 200m butterfly and the 50m and 200m freestyle events.
"Butterfly is definitely my favourite stroke," Carlson told The Gympie Times.
The swimmer, who lives on the family farm at Mooloo, will take a couple of weeks off training after his Adelaide campaign but said that with the competition season basically stretching all year round he could not afford to spend too much time off.