Gympie’s very own Michael Phelps of the pool
SWIMMING: Gympie's very own Michael Phelps of the pool, Troy Carlson, is well on his way to becoming one of Australia's next big sporting stars.
Simply too quick for his fellow 11-year-old competitors, the Eumundi Swimming Club member surged to success at the Queensland Age Swimming Championships last week, claiming gold in the 100m butterfly.
Hitting the wall in an impressive 1.09.46, Carlson said he had been feeling confident heading into the race.
"I had a good feeling about my race and I knew if I swam well I could get on the podium," he said.
"I was really excited when I won the race. It was my first ever individual gold medal at a Queensland Championships so I was really happy."
Carlson had a big week of swimming, contesting four relays and the 100m backstroke, breast stroke, freestyle and 200m butterfly.
He placed second in the medley relay with his Wide Bay regional team.
The Gympie youngster will now be taking a three week holiday before returning to the pool in preparation for State Sprints in February.
With Carlson's talent and his determination in great supply, I'd be keeping an eye out for his name at the 2024 Olympics.