Troy cuts through record books
SWIMMER Troy Carlson has earned the title of Gympie's own super fish and is now in the running for the 2012 Gympie Sportsman's Association Sports Star of the Year award.
The gifted ten-year-old swimmer finished the Australian School Swimming Championships in August with a silver medal for his butterfly leg of the Queensland team's medley relay and a bronze for his part in the state freestyle relay effort.
At the same championships, Carlson placed himself fourth in the country in the 10-year boys 50m butterfly with an enviable time of 33.85 seconds.
The swim cemented him as the fastest Queenslander in the event.
The success follows Carlson smashing around 20 club, Gympie Memorial Pool and Gympie South State School records.
He's been demolishing records for the past couple of years and has even out-done times previously held by swimming great John Grant and elite surf-lifesaver Jason O'Pray.
The young swimmer is loaded with ambition and raw talent and if he sticks to the pool, it may not be long until he joins the ranks of his idols Ian Thorpe, Geoff Huegill and Brenton Rickard.
Carlson is the 11th of 12 finalists vying to be Gympie's Sports Star of the Year.
He joins fellow nominees including Australia's representative barrel racers Tamika Anderson and Melanie Stedman, motorbike star Joel Kelso, enduro champ Jemma Wilson, tenpin bowler Stephen O'May, hockey player Patrick Barnes, futsal player Ella Flack, javelin thrower Liam O'Brien, enduro rider Peter-Daniel Allan and cricketer Stephanie Mills.
The nominees are currently in the running to take home part of $3000 worth of prizes.
The Sports Star of the Year awards will feature three major prizes.
The overall winner will take home $1000 and a trophy, the Junior Sports Star of the Year will receive $500 and a trophy and the all-rounder will be awarded $300, a trophy and 12 months' gym membership at Cooloola Fitness Centre.
Voting is set to begin soon with the Gympie Times readers counting for 50% of the votes for Gympie's Sports Star of the Year. The other half of the final vote would be in the hands of judges from the Gympie Sportsman's Association.
A full list and background of each of the nominees will appear in the Gympie Times when it is time to vote.