Troy Carlson with medals from the Australian School Swimming Championships in Sydney.
Troy Carlson with medals from the Australian School Swimming Championships in Sydney. Contributed

Swimmer inspired by the Olympics

GIFTED swimmer Troy Carlson has finished the Australian School Swimming Championships with two medals and some personal best times.

The Gympie schoolboy, 9, represented Queensland at the championships, held from July 28 to August 3 at Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush - home of the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.

Carlson's mother Racheal said Olympic inspiration was running high, with her son competing at the same time as Australia's Olympic swimming squad in London.

"Swimming competitively at the same time as our Olympians was extremely inspiring," she said.

Carlson, who travelled to Eumundi to train for the championships while the Gympie Memorial Pool closed for winter, clocked personal best times for all his swims.

He placed fourth in the 10-year boy's 50m butterfly, with a time of 33.85 seconds. Carlson was the fastest Queenslander to race in the event.

"To finish fourth in Australia is a fantastic achievement," Mrs Carlson said.

Troy swam the butterfly leg in the medley relay, helping Queensland win the silver medal and then bronze in the freestyle relay.

Gympie Times


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