Seamus Ryan, who was awarded age champion at the recent Darling Downs Regional Swimming Championship.
Seamus Ryan, who was awarded age champion at the recent Darling Downs Regional Swimming Championship. Contributed

Gold for Seamus

IT WAS a very successful day at the Darling Downs Swimming Championships for Warwick Christian College Year 6 student Seamus Ryan.

Taking the gold medal in both the 50 metres breast stroke and 100 metres breaststroke, and achieving a bronze medal in the 50 metres butterfly, Seamus secured his place in the Darling Downs team that will compete at the state championships from March 25-27 in Brisbane.

"Once I got the 50 breaststroke and just missed out on the qualifying time by only 0.25 of a second, I got really anxious to make sure I got the time for the 100 breaststroke," Seamus said.

"When I finished that race, I went straight to the time board to see if I made it in, and when I saw that I had, I raced around on the grass celebrating."

Eighteen students from the Southern Downs travelled to Gatton for the championships, and four made it into the team that will represent the Darling Downs at state level.

Seamus trains three days a week at Clifton under coach Andrew Fidge with drills, stroke correction and training on how to improve race starts, dives and turns.

He has been training for three years with Andrew as his coach. Seamus also trains daily with his classmates at Warwick Christian College, making use of the 25-metre pool on site.

"I was totally surprised when we got called up to say I'd also won the age champion too," Seamus recalled.

"I really thought my friend Brendan Hoffman, who got on to the team too, deserved to win it because he had been winning more races than me. He won age champion last year by one point, and this year I won it by one point, so that was pretty cool!"

Seamus and Brendan will continue training with Andrew Fidge over the next month in preparation for the State Championships.


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