Championships start of plan
GLADSTONE swimming sensation Alex Williams will represent Queensland at the State Teams Short Course Championships in Canberra this weekend.
The 14-year-old super fish will contest six events in the final short course meet of the season and is keen to prove himself on a national scale.
“The chance to travel again is always good. Normally there's plenty of state championships but not many chances to do it on a national level,” Williams said.
Williams made the state team following his recent success at the Queensland short course titles where he won two gold medals and three bronzes.
The young gun is also the reigning national champion for the 200m individual medley and won five medals, including two golds, at this year's Australian championships.
As a result, the 15-year-old was chosen in the Australian swim team to contest the Trans Tasman Championships in New Zealand earlier this year where he grabbed two individual bronze medals in the 17-18 age group.
“It was my first time travelling overseas in a team; doing it at such a high level and obviously getting to represent your country is pretty good,” he said.
Williams' coach, Caroline Hayes, has also been appointed to the Queensland coaching team for the first time.
“I'm over the moon, getting the honour of becoming a Queensland coach is just wonderful,” she said.
“I've never been to Canberra so going to the AIS will be exciting and just the whole experience travelling with a team will be awesome.
“I think Al will go very well. He's mentally prepared with the work we do here to cope with the situation.”
Williams' major goal in the sport is to reach the 2016 Olympics.
“2012 would be lovely but I think that's a bit too soon, but that's my biggest long-erm goal, next year I want to start making semis at open nationals,” he said.
Local Chris Hansen also made the team to compete in Canberra.