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Tal­ented teen leaves field in his wake at Tropic of Capricorn meet

The Morning Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - Pam McKay pam.mckay@cap­

Ty Hartwell was the only swim­mer to break a Cen­tral Queens­land record at the an­nual Tropic of Capricorn meet at the week­end.

The Rocky City swim­mer clocked 2:08.45 in the 200m back­stroke fi­nal, shav­ing more than a sec­ond off the long-stand­ing record held by former Aus­tralian swim­mer Ash­ley An­der­son.

De­spite rel­a­tively cool con­di­tions at the two-day meet at Rock­hamp­ton’s 2nd World War Memo­rial Aquatic Cen­tre, Ty set the pool on fire.

He won the 10 events he con­tested, swim­ming six age and two open na­tional qual­i­fy­ing times on the way,

and also took out the hotly con­tested Skins event in his age group.

Ty was crowned the 15-16 years boys age cham­pion, won the Swim of the Meet for his record-break­ing ef­fort and was also named Swim­mer of the Meet.

A field of 160 swim­mers raced for a share of the

$10,000 in prizes on of­fer at the meet, co-hosted by CQ Aqua­jets and the Emu Park Swim­ming Club.

The event also had an in­ter­na­tional flavour, with mem­bers of the Czech youth team com­pet­ing.

Four­teen clubs were rep­re­sented but it was

Rocky City that took out the ag­gre­gate points tro­phy for the fourth year in a row.

It scored 1045 points, more than dou­ble that of sec­ond-placed Caribeae. The Czech team, Cesky Plavcu, was third.

Caribeae young gun Koda Mil­burn had a meet to re­mem­ber, win­ning the 9-10 years boys age cham­pion and tak­ing out the en­cour­age­ment award.

Rocky City’s Emily Sat­tler raced away with the 800m tro­phy, while Czech swim­mer To­mas Cho­cholaty grabbed the 1500m tro­phy.

It has been an­other big year for Ty, who was named in Swim­ming Aus­tralia’s Tal­ent ID Team.

That in­clu­sion has him in con­tention for se­lec­tion in the Aus­tralian team for next year’s Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires and the Ju­nior Pan Pacs in Fiji.

Dad Scott said Ty’s hard work was reap­ing re­wards.

In March next year, he will swim in the in the 200m but­ter­fly, 200m back­stroke, 100m back­stroke and the 400m in­di­vid­ual med­ley at the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games tri­als.

Scott said a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to his son’s suc­cess had been his com­bi­na­tion with coach Shane Kingston.

“Ty has been swim­ming with Shane since he was eight. That con­sis­tency of coach­ing has been re­ally im­por­tant.

“You’ve got to have a good coach be­hind you and Shane is def­i­nitely that.

“He never rushes things and he’s a firm be­liever that when you are old enough you will be good enough.”

Shane mar­vels at Ty’s ded­i­ca­tion to the sport.

“He’s out of bed at 4.30 ev­ery morn­ing. He swims be­fore school and after school and he never com­plains.

“He was al­ways a lit­tle fella when he was younger and he had to work hard to keep up with the big kids.

“I think that’s helped him de­velop a re­ally good work ethic and an­other thing swim­ming has taught him is time man­age­ment.

“He’s very good at man­ag­ing his sport and his school work.

“Peo­ple in swim­ming cir­cles don’t be­grudge him his suc­cess be­cause they see how hard he works, and it’s very sat­is­fy­ing to see the hard work pay­ing off for him.”


TAKE-OFF: Rocky City’s Lach­lan Kuss ex­plodes from the blocks at the Tropic of Capricorn swim meet in Rock­hamp­ton at the week­end. A field of 160 swim­mers, which in­cluded the Czech youth team, took part in the two-day event at the 2nd World War Memo­rial...


THEY’RE OFF: Emu Park’s Emma Do­herty launches from the blocks dur­ing the Tropic of Capricorn swim meet in Rock­hamp­ton at the week­end.


Rocky City's Ty Hartwell won the Swim of the Meet and was named Swim­mer of the Meet.


Caribeae’s Koda Mil­burn re­ceived the En­cour­age­ment Award.


Stephanie El­liott pow­ers through the wa­ter.


Ty Hartwell will swim in four events at the Com­mon­wealth Games tri­als next year.

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