Jarrod Lee, 12, will be attending the Special Olympics Australian National Games in October, putting his extraordinary swimming ability on display.
Jarrod Lee, 12, will be attending the Special Olympics Australian National Games in October, putting his extraordinary swimming ability on display. Mike Richards

Gladstone swimmer hopes to be on song at national games

WHEN Jarrod Lee steps onto the blocks in Melbourne ready to dive into the pool at the Special Olympics National Games in October, the chorus of a great song might be running through his head.

The biggest event Jarrod, 12, will have competed in, the games are likely to make the swimmer very nervous.

So to keep from freaking out he thinks of a song to get his adrenaline flowing.

"I am a little bit nervous, I think of good music and stuff that makes me happy," he said with a smile.

"I think I will go pretty well, I will be against great swimmers."

Great swimmers and older swimmers, as at his young age Jarrod will be one of the youngest.

The age restriction was lowered for the 2014 games, allowing him to compete and soak up some vital experience for his future goals.

"I want to be fit and eventually get to a World Games, every four years they are held," Jarrod said.

The bold ambitions are not without evidence that the dream is a possibility, the swimmer has made quick progress since he took to the sport three years ago.

Jarrod has the support of the whole swimming club behind him.

"I train with the Gladiators and they are all supportive," he said.

"He is training eight hours a week, four afternoons for two hours," Mum Karen added.

Recently, along with the long hours spent in the pool, Jarrod has been chasing sponsorship and fundraising as often as possible and is still looking to help his family fund the big trip south.

If Jarrod's drive and love for his sport take him where he wants to go, he will one day be replaying that chorus in his mind to kill the nerves on the biggest block of all.



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