AT LAST year's School Sports Australia Swimming and Diving Championships, Thomas Crossley won a medal and he thought life could not get any better.

He was wrong.

A year on from his first venture to the Australian level, the 12-year-old Gladstone swimmer has returned with four medals around his neck.

The Star of the Sea student won another three relay medals to add to his tally from 2013, and also starred in the 100m backstroke, winning his first individual medal, a silver.

"It was amazing to meet and race against people from other states," Thomas said.

"I was just amazed and really, really happy."

After scoring two silver medals and a bronze at the Queensland championships, Thomas quickly turned his attention to the Australian titles in Melbourne.

Trying to match last year's effort of making an individual final and possibly grabbing a medal, the Western Suburbs Swimming Club athlete was surprised to come out one of the best in the country.

"I was just hoping to get into the finals and maybe just one medal," he said.

The performance has Thomas growing in self-belief while still keeping a grounded attitude.

He plans to stick to the same routine (which includes a massive nine training sessions a week in peak season), same mental preparation and philosophy for the future.

"Believe in yourself, set goals and never give up," he said. "And importantly, always have fun."

After the haul of four medals, Thomas was straight back into John Dahl Pool for training with his local club.

Thomas already has the next big task in his sights.

"I have got age championships next year, Australian Age Championships in Sydney in April," he said.

"I want to make the Australian team one day."

Medal haul:

  • Gold 12-year boys medley relay
  • Silver 100m backstroke
  • Silver butterfly 10-19 years boys medley relay
  • Bronze 12-year boys freestyle relay

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