Teen Williams in at the deep end
AN opportunity to represent Australia in the pool has come at a young age for a Gladstone swimmer.
Alex Williams, 14, is part of the Trans Tasman Swimming Australian team touring New Zealand.
A stellar Australian Championships propelled him into the team, after he won two gold medals, two silvers and a bronze.
The gold in 200 IM was a repeat performance from the previous year for Williams, while the others came as a bit of a surprise.
“I wanted to keep that, but the others I wasn't sure, because the older you get the harder competition gets,” he said.
Williams said he was given little information about the tour, in swimming terms, and swims were held in different parts of the country.
“They don't tell you what you'll be competing and can put you in events you're not good at,” Williams said.
“I don't expect to do extra-ordinary times, because I'm not at peak at the moment.”
Gladstone Swimming Club coach Caroline Myers has tutored Williams for the past five years, and has seen the swimming talent
“He's worked extremely hard to get to where he is, he listens and has adapted to develop as an athlete,” Myers said.
“At the moment, he's probably the most talented swimmer here.”
Myers said the tour would help Williams' development in the sport.
“I think he will definitely toughen up and the competition is really set to challenge the athletes.”