An­drew quick to make waves


Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

JUST three months af­ter ar­riv­ing in Aus­tralia, 14-year-old swim­mer An­drew Nguyen has qual­i­fied to rep­re­sent his club at the Australian Na­tional Age Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships next year.

The River­ton Aqua­naut, who swam com­pet­i­tively in the Viet­namese city of Ho Chi Minh for eight years, said swim­ming was one of the most im­por­tant things for him to do on ar­riv­ing in Aus­tralia.

“When I am swim­ming I re­lax and I think it is cool,” he said.

In April next year, An­drew will be among the Aqua­naut con­tin­gent to com­pete in Bris­bane at the Australian Na­tional Age Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships af­ter qual­i­fy­ing with a time of 1.10.75 in the 100 me­tre breast stroke, mak­ing him Aus­tralia’s fastest 14year-old.

The hard work­ing young­ster said the achieve­ment would make him train for a bet­ter time.

“From now on, I will work even harder,” he said.

“I am very grate­ful to my fam­ily, my coaches and my fel­low swim­mers... and am very lucky to have their sup­port and to be part of such a great team.”

The event pits the best young Australian swim­mers against each other for the ti­tle of na­tional cham­pion.

Aqua­naut head coach Gemma Her­ring­ton said she was thrilled with An­drew’s re­sult and looked for­ward to see­ing him com­pete against fel­low 14-year-olds.

“An­drew is cur­rently the fastest 14-year-old in Aus­tralia for the 100m breast­stroke and this means we will have to work very hard un­til the Cham­pi­onships in order to re­tain this po­si­tion.”

Aqua­nauts coach Gemma Her­ring­ton with An­drew Nguyen, who is Aus­tralia’s fastest 14-year-old in the 100m breast stroke.

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