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