Chris Hansen is leaving Gladstone for St Peters Western Swimming Club to further his swimming career.
Chris Hansen is leaving Gladstone for St Peters Western Swimming Club to further his swimming career. Chrissy Harris

Butterfly star takes scholarship

A GLADSTONE swimmer has netted himself a spot in one of Queensland’s best college swimming clubs.

Young butterfly star Chris Hansen is taking up a sporting excellence scholarship with St Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane.

He will be coached by Michael Palfrey and Michael Bohl, head coach at the powerful St Peters Western Swimming Club.

“Getting to train with Michael Bohl, an Australian coach, is a huge opportunity,” Hansen said.

“I’d like to thank my coach Caroline Hayes and all my friends for their support.

“Gladstone will always be my home.”

Hansen recently trained with his new club and swam in lanes next to Australian swimmers Stephanie Rice and Nick D’Arcy and Korean Olympic Gold medallist Tae Hwan Park.

Hansen has been a member of the Gladstone Gladiators Swimming Club for the past six years.

With numerous medals, Age Champion awards, Queensland Short Course and local pool records, he has also represented Gladstone at Port Curtis and Capricornia level as well as winning State medals.

Hansen grabbed the attention of talent scouts after the National Age Championships where he made three national finals, his best ranking sixth in the 50m freestyle final.

Toowoomba Grammar and Nudgee College were interested in Hansen but for family reasons they decided to make the move to St Peters Western Swimming Club.

Hansen is looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead to better himself in a sport he is passionate about, and reaching his long-term goal to represent Australia in swimming and make Gladstone proud of his achievements.

Hansen’s father, Brian, said the opportunity was too good to pass up.

“We’re very thankful for the support the club has given him over the years, and he’ll be back to swim whenever he can when his schedule permits.”



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