James pow­ers in pool

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

STAMINA is vi­tal for cham­pion swimmer James Robert­son.

Gayn­dah State School’s 10-year-old age cham­pion blitzed the field in the 50m freestyle, and came back to power through breast­stroke, but­ter­fly, and back­stroke, the in­di­vid­ual med­ley and Connolly house re­lay.

“I swim five hours a week: one hour ev­ery day from 6am to 7am in the morn­ing,” James said.

“My goal is to try and swim over one kilo­me­tre in squad,” he said,

“It’s hard to get up early.”

But it all changes when James pulls on his gog­gles and dives into the pool.

“When I’m older I want to try to get into the Olympic swimming team,” he said.

A first place re­quires a fast dive and a cer­tain tech­nique.

“Freestyle is my favourite stroke and I just go like a wind­mill,” James said.

“You need to breathe ev­ery sec­ond or fourth stroke, al­ways on the same side.”

James plays soc­cer but the up­per-body work­out of swimming has won out.

“I’ve been swimming since I was five years old,” he said.

“In swimming, you don’t use as much en­ergy as run­ning around and all that.”

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

CLEAR WIN­NER: 10-years age cham­pion James Robert­son checks in early at the 50m freestyle at the Gayn­dah State School swimming car­ni­val.

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