Swim­mer over­comes in­jury to dom­i­nate

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AFTER trip­ping on his swim­ming bag and sev­er­ing an artery in his palm in June, Liam Ison re­cov­ered to dom­i­nate at the Swim­ming WA Ju­nior Short Course Cham­pi­onships.

The South­side Pen­rhos Wes­ley Swim­ming Club mem­ber and Karawara res­i­dent was car­ry­ing his din­ner plate when it smashed and a shard cut through a nerve.

“I was more shocked than any­thing, there was lots of blood,” he said.

After wrap­ping his hand tightly, his fam­ily took him to Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal for surgery.

Six weeks of in­ten­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion later and Liam was ready to get back into the pool.

He was then struck down with in­fluenza but re­cov­ered to claim eight gold medals from eight races at the cham­pi­onships in Septem­ber.

Liam’s mother Jodi Ison said he had done well to re­cover and get back into the pool so quickly.

“When he had in­fluenza, it felt like he was spend­ing one week in the pool and one week out of the pool,” she said.

“When he got five gold medals of the first day, I knew he was de­ter­mined to get more.”

South­side Pen­rhos Wes­ley Swim­ming Club coach Bradlee Shep­pard said he had never seen one of his swim­mers en­dure an in­jury like Liam’s.

“We get the clas­sic sprains but I’ve never seen any­thing like this,” he said.

“We had Liam back on the board dur­ing the first two weeks, just us­ing one arm and then he got back into things quickly.

“He’s quite good tech­ni­cally and he lis­tens and takes ad­vice on board.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Liam Ison (8) from South­side Pen­rhos Wes­ley Swim­ming Club.

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