Armstrong predicts Aussie domination
By RACHAEL BORICH
OLYMPIC champion Duncan Armstrong has taken the plunge and predicted that Australia will win every women's gold medal on offer in the swimming events at next year's Commonwealth Games.
Armstrong, who started his swimming career in Rockhampton as an 11-year-old and later won gold in the 200m freestyle and silver in the 400m freestyle at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, was in Rockhampton this week for a swim clinic at South Rockhampton's World War II Memorial Pool.
"The girls can win every gold medal on offer in Melbourne,'' said Armstrong, who rates the national championships a tougher meeting than the Commonwealth Games.
"There are only two Australians in each race at the Commonwealth Games.
"This (Commonwealth Games) is a soft competition with a big crowd and a big TV audience.''
And while the Australian men's swimming team is currently swimming in the women's wake, Armstrong said the Games provided the perfect opportunity for some young swimmers like Nicholas Sprenger and Victoria's Patrick Murphy in the freestyle and backstroke.
"The Australian team is looking for an overall dominant performance.''
Armstrong, 37, is helping bring the excitement of the Commonwealth Games to regional areas with a program to "ignite'' children's imaginations.
"We teach them to do the little technical things like pushing off and turns, just as good as Thorpey (Ian Thorpe) can,'' Armstrong said.
Coaching clinics in New South Wales and Victoria will follow the Queensland sessions.