Mallyon makes waves during rookie season

By LEE GASKIN

WHILE he has only been in the sport for the best part of a year, Across The Waves (ATW) swimmer Michael Mallyon has demonstrated enough to suggest bigger things are just around the corner.

After a steady first 12 months, the 11-year-old performed well at a meet in Gayndah, where he finished with a haul of one gold and a hat-trick of bronze medals.

Perhaps the most impressive fact of his performance was that he showed his versatility by winning a medal in every stroke.

The St Mary's Primary School student said breaststroke was his favourite, and he proved that as he touched the wall in first place in the under-11 50m race in that event.

This success has spurred the youngster on, as he said his goal for next season was to "make the state team''.

"I've got a lot of training to do before that, so I can get faster through the water,'' Mallyon said.

Following the black line hour after hour is a key to any swimmer's preparation, and ATW coach Ben Turner said Mallyon did it as well as any of his squad.

"He (Mallyon) is fairly new, but he is really consistent in his training,'' Turner said.

"His technique has come a long well, so if he stays focused I would say there could be more medals in store.



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