Gympie Gold Fins swimmer Troy Carlson has enjoyed a brilliant first season with the club, smashing seven club records.
Gympie Gold Fins swimmer Troy Carlson has enjoyed a brilliant first season with the club, smashing seven club records. Renee Pilcher

Troy Carlson smashes records

GYMPIE Gold Fins Swimming Club member Troy Carlson may only be seven but his achievements in the pool this season are simply outstanding.

Carlson joined the Gold Fins at the beginning of the season and since first diving into the pool for his new club, has taken to club records like a wrecking ball.

The swimmer, small in stature but big in heart, has smashed seven records in his age group – remarkably one for each of his seven years.

Swimming events to come under Carlson’s fire have included the 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke.

In the 50m backstroke, the ambitious swimmer shattered an existing record in February belonging to Luke O’Sullivan (56.57) that has stood the test of time – an amazing 18 years.

Not content with ending O’Sullivan’s clasp on the record, Carlson returned later in the season during a carnival in Hervey Bay to break his own new record of 55.19, lowering the mark to a swift 52.62.

In the 100m breaststroke, Carlson shaved a mighty 9.8 seconds off the existing record time for the pool and club of 2.27.71.

His new time of 2.17.91 for the event will be hard to beat for future swimmers looking to better the blistering swim.

Next in Carlson’s sights was the 100m backstroke record for the club and pool, where he swam exceptionally well to stop the clock at 1.59.37.

And while these records are all worthy of plenty of adulation, the gem in Carlson’s collection is his record in the 50m butterfly.

The previous best mark was held by the young swimmer’s cousin, Scott Gear, who swam 58.23 back in 2002.

Carlson made a valiant attempt to edge out his cousin again in the 50m freestyle but fell agonisingly short, swimming 43.49 in Hervey Bay – just outside Gear’s 43.52 record swim.

“Troy has been a successful competitor at many carnivals throughout the Wide Bay region during the season,” Gympie Gold Fins racing carnival secretary Cherie Carlson said.

“He only joined the club this season and hasn’t stopped achieving since.”

Just one week remains in the current swimming season and Troy will be eager to join his fellow swimmers at the club’s presentation night later this month on April 16 to reflect on a triumphant season.

From there, a well-earned break is in order before returning later in the year to attack more club records.

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