Angus Mcdonald – the fastest 17-year-old sprinter in Australia
ANGUS Mcdonald, the super fish who earned his stripes in the local pools, is headed for Bucharest as a member of the Australian Junior World Swimming Championships team.
Angus swam a personal best time of 50.28 secs at the 2019 Australian Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide to place him in the top 10 for his age group in the world!
Yvette and Andrew Mcdonald travelled to Adelaide to see their son’s epic swim.
“We are very proud of Angus. He had to work really hard and break through the pain barrier last year to overcome a dislocated shoulder and his determination has paid off,” they said.
Angus talked of the journey.
“It was very painful at times, but the medical staff and my coaches have been incredibly supportive. They mapped out a program for my rehabilitation ahead of last year’s Australian Titles in which I swam a PB, then assisted me to prepare for the Pan PACS,” he said with obvious gratitude.
Angus has proven to be a tough competitor.
“I’ve always found competing against other swimmers brought out the best in me. Sometimes it is just a race against you and the person in the next lane. I find the adrenaline rush lifts me. It’s much better than swimming against the clock,” the mature 17-year-old added.
Angus will spend the winter training with the Australian squad as he manages HSC Angus Mcdonald, centre, collecting his gold medal on the podium at the 2019 Australian Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide. studies at Trinity College.
“The School has been fantastic. They have assisted me with my timetable and I plan to repay their faith and the absolutely brilliant tuition I received from my coaches in Dubbo when I swim in Budapest in August.”
We’ll keep you posted on this extraordinary young sports star’s journey. WHILE Macquarie fans well remember 1979, a little further west, the Nyngan Tigers have the same year etched in folklore.
Nyngan won the now defunct Group 15 title 40 years ago and ten years later, after a briefly dabbling in Group 11, joined Group 14 and claimed two more premierships.
Coach of the 1989 team Mark Beetson has been driving a club reunion to be held on the June long weekend. The gathering coincides with matches against Macquarie so there will be plenty of reminiscing at Larkin Oval on Sunday, June 9. DUBBO Ducks May have been out of the water for a few weeks, but regular Quackers have been gathering to plan the Presentation Day.
It’s on tomorrow night (Friday, May 3) when the much sought after Club Champions names will be finally revealed!
We will bring all the news in next week’s WITH the Winter competitions about to tip off, many will be focussed on the Touch World Cup in Malaysia where Dubbo’s newest star Madi Crowe will be running out in her green and gold singlet.
Madi only arrived in the city last year but she has already made an impact. Her appearance with the Darkeye team at the Dubbo Touch Gala Day recently revealed the superior class of an elite athlete, although there was no thought of ‘show ponying’ as she fitted neatly into the mixed team.
Madi and Peter Norman, grandson of Wally and Joan, will be in action over the next few weeks. Catch the action on the Touch Australia website.
We’ll catch up with Madi when she returns, hopefully sporting a gold medal!