It sometimes only takes one moment for an athlete to feel like they belong. That moment for Shepparton swimmer Brennan Swift came at last month’s Victorian Country Long Course Championships.MARC MCGOWAN February 19, 2013 4:05am
It sometimes only takes one moment for an athlete to feel like they belong.
That moment for Shepparton swimmer Brennan Swift came at last month’s Victorian Country Long Course Championships.
Swift, 15, claimed gold in the 14-and-15-year-old boys’ 100
His follow-up act at the weekend’s Victorian Sprint Championships was just as impressive — twice lowering his personal-best 50
It was an extraordinary effort, considering he relegated Australian swimming’s ‘‘Next Big Thing’’ Nicholas Groenwald, of Nunawading, to second place.
‘‘It feels great, because I didn’t think I was going to win because of the kid (Groenwald) who is the fastest in Australia,’’ Swift said at Goulburn Valley’s inter-district training last night.
‘‘But I beat him, so it was good. I’ve had no injuries this season, which has been pretty good.
‘‘I won my 100
Swift also made the 50
The Wanganui Park Secondary College student said he hoped to add the 50
The national event, which runs from April 13-15, will be at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide.
‘‘I’m just going to train really hard, because nationals is the biggest event of my career,’’ Swift said.
‘‘I’ll train every day non-stop until nationals and it will be a great experience, because all the fast swimmers will be at one place.’’
Swift’s siblings Kalen, Carter and Skye also swim for Shepparton Swimming Club and his mother, Michelle, is the co-coach.
Carter came 10th in the 14-year-old boys’ 50
Other Shepparton club members to place in the top 20 in at least one event were Hume Hurley, Hayley McCulloch, Ashleigh Dunning, Kalen Swift and Jake MacKenna.
Shepparton-based MLC Aquatic swimmer Connie McClelland was busy again, making finals in the 13-year-old girls’ 50
Many Shepparton swimmers will be back in the pool representing Goulburn Valley on Saturday in the Victorian Country Inter-District meet at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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