Olympics in his sights

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Matthew Stan­ley is swim­ming his way around the world one stroke at a time – his next stop is the world cham­pi­onships in Shang­hai.

The 19-year-old from Mata­mata was one of 15 New Zealand swim­mers se­lected for the World Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships in July af­ter qual­i­fy­ing at the na­tion­als in Auck­land two weeks ago.

He qual­i­fied un­der the Spar­c­funded 2016 Olympic Podium Path­ways ini­tia­tive which is for swim­mers born af­ter 1988 and who rank in the top 50 in the world. Stan­ley said he was ‘‘stoked’’ to be se­lected.

‘‘The world champs has been a goal for the last year, so it is mas­sive to get there,’’ he said.

‘‘I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to the level of competition. It is pretty in­sane over there.’’

At the world champs Stan­ley will be up against the likes of swim­ming le­gend Michael Phelps.

For­mer Mata­mata woman Pene­lope Mar­shall also qual­i­fied for the world champs and will be com­pet­ing in the 4x200m freestyle re­lay team.

Al­though this is a mile­stone for Stan­ley he still has higher hopes.

‘‘I would like to make the top 20 in the world by the end of the year,’’ he said.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing se­lected for the world champs he has just won Emerg­ing In­ter­na­tional Swim­mer of the Year, a pres­ti­gious award that re­flects his re­cent suc­cess.

Stan­ley, who started swim­ming as a 10 year old, said the ultimate goal was qual­i­fy­ing for the Olympics in Lon­don next year and he is de­ter­mined to get there.

He trains for 20 hours a week in the pool and 10 hours out of the pool, im­prov­ing his fit­ness.

‘‘It is nearly a full time job,’’ he said.

In be­tween lengths he stud­ies part time to­wards a bach­e­lor of busi­ness at Massey Univer­sity’s Auck­land cam­pus.

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