An­gus Mcdon­ald – the fastest 17-year-old sprinter in Aus­tralia

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - By GEOFF MANN

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!

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