New Aussie keen to make a splash
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.
Guy Harrison-Murray is looking forward to competing for Australia after becoming a citizen.