Commitment pays off for Andrew
MANY 16-year-olds spend their spare time on Facebook but Andrew McLean spends most of his free time in the pool.
All that hard work is paying dividends for the young swimmer who has been selected to swim for the Queensland team at the School Sport Australia National Swimming and Diving Championships for the first time.
In his 10th season with the Gladstone Gladiators the seasoned athlete said he was excited to find he would debut for Queensland this year.
"It was off my first Queensland gold medal as well," Andrew said.
Next Thursday, Andrew will head to the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre for the national titles which start on Sunday, July 29 and run until the following Friday.
The events Andrew has been selected to swim in include the 50m butterfly, which he won at states, and the 100m butterfly, which he came second in at states.
He will also form part of the 16 years and under Queensland relay team.
Andrew practically lives and breathes the sport, training twice a day with his last proper break from the hectic schedule in June last year.
"I've had two weeks off so far for the whole year."
But he is counting on all of that commitment paying off as he was looking to pursue swimming as a career while down south at university.
"I've invested so much time into it.
"It's something I'd like to do."
A day in the life
5am - wake up and go through the correct diet processes
6am - warm-up and start training at the Gladstone Aquatic Centre
7.30am - get ready for school
8.50am - start school
3pm - school's out
4pm - back to the pool to warm-up and start afternoon training
6pm - training finishes
Later - stretching and shoulder exercises every night