Thomas Crossley, 11, coach Adam Eiseman and Jai Hansen, 10.
Thomas Crossley, 11, coach Adam Eiseman and Jai Hansen, 10. Mike Richards

Swimmers keen to make a splash at national event

MELBOURNE in July is not the most appealing thought for many, but for Jai Hansen and Thomas Crossley, it is exactly what they want.

Heading south to the School Sport Australia Swimming and Diving Championships, the two Western Suburbs Swimming Club members are keen to make a splash.

On the back of picking up silver and bronze medals at the Queensland Primary School Swimming Championships, the boys want to continue the good form in Melbourne, tackling nerves which are already fuelling the desire.

"I will be nervous, over 1000 people will be there," Jai said.

The 10-year-old has qualified for the 100m backstroke at the championships in Melbourne after winning a silver and a bronze in Queensland's event.

Idolising the huge talent of Michael Phelps, Jai plans to continue along the way, having broken four records in Central Queensland this year and added to the medal tally with a silver at the Queensland Sprint Titles.

"I want to swim at the Olympics," he said.

While Jai is heading to the School Sport Australia level for the first time this year, Thomas has the experience of trying his luck last season.

A year older than his Westies teammate, Thomas took two silver and a bronze in the Queensland schools and a gold medal at the Sprint titles.

"I was second at states by 0.01 seconds," he said.

"I got 9th in Australia last year, but I swam slower than my personal best."

Looking to better his previous performance, Thomas has three chances to do so, entered in the 50m and 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly.

"I feel pretty good actually. I learnt from last year," he said.