New Aussie keen to make a splash

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education - By DENISE S. CAHILL

CITY Beach res­i­dent Guy Har­ri­son-Mur­ray will be able to swim for Aus­tralia after be­com­ing a cit­i­zen on Jan­uary 15 at Coun­cil House.

The 17-year-old moved from the UK to Perth with his fa­ther Hamish, mother Mi­randa and three sib­lings in 2011.

A coach at the In­ter­na­tional School of WA in City Beach, where Har­risonMur­ray grad­u­ated last year, iden­ti­fied him as a tal­ented swimmer and in 2013, he caught the eye of Aus­tralian Par­a­lympic per­for­mance man­ager Adam Pine.

Har­ri­son-Mur­ray was born with con­gen­i­tal bi­lat­eral tal­ipes, or club feet, but avoided surgery by hav­ing in­ten­sive phys­io­ther­apy and wear­ing strap­ping and casts on his legs un­til he was nine.

He will be on the VIP deck at the Aquatic Su­per Se­ries this week­end at HBF Sta­dium after be­ing in­vited by Swimming Aus­tralia.

The Perth City Swimming Club mem­ber could be com­pet­ing in a mul­ti­class event of the Su­per Se­ries as early as next year if Swimming Aus­tralia is suc­cess­ful in its bid to ex­tend a three-year com­mit­ment from the State Gov­ern­ment and spon­sor BHP Bil­li­ton, and in­clude a multi-class com­po­nent.

Last year, Aus­tralia’s Par­a­lympic swim team swam un­of­fi­cially at the com­pe­ti­tion.

An an­nounce­ment on the fu­ture of the suc­cess­ful event is ex­pected this Fri­day.

Har­ri­son-Mur­ray com­peted in the 2015 Swimming WA State Open and Age Cham­pi­onships at HBF Sta­dium last week to test out his in­jured shoul­ders that have kept him out of com­pe­ti­tion swimming since May last year, when he made the Aus­tralian team, but could not com­pete be­cause he was not a cit­i­zen.

He said that he was aim­ing to be fit for the Multi Class Aus­tralian Swimming Cham­pi­onships – tri­als for the World Cham­pi­onships – in April.

“To get fit is the num­ber one pri­or­ity for me and my coach and by the time April comes, the shoul­ders shouldn’t be caus­ing any prob­lems so hope­fully I’ll make the team,” Har­risonMur­ray said.

“My strong hope is in the 400m freestyle.

“It will be my first in­ter­na­tional meet with Aus­tralia.”

Har­ri­son-Mur­ray said that apart from hav­ing smaller calf mus­cles than his peers, the club feet that slowed him down as a young­ster were dif­fi­cult to no­tice now.

“In WA, I race against able-bod­ied swim­mers be­cause it’s bet­ter for me and bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence when I go over east and com­pete in the multi class,” he said.

Tick­ets for the Jan­uary 30-31 event are avail­able at www.tick­et­mas­ter.com.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d432089

Guy Har­ri­son-Mur­ray is look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing for Aus­tralia after be­com­ing a cit­i­zen.

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