Duncan dives in for the Salvos
By TAMARA KEMP ? WHO would have thought former Rockhampton resident and former Olympian Duncan Armstrong was a comedian as well as an athlete.
More than 100 people were entertained by the former Olympian at the launch of The Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal on Wednesday.
Mr Armstrong told stories of his historical swimming moment, growing up in Rockhampton and his relationship with his swimming coach Laurie Lawrence.
"I love Rockhampton, I grew up here, next to the dump,'' he laughed.
"It's a wonderful place and everytime I come back, I get misty-eyed.''
Mr Armstrong said he left Rockhampton with his family at the age of 14 to go to Brisbane, where he started his professional swimming career.
"When I left Rockhampton, I was Central Queensland's U14 champion for the 200 metre freestyle and I couldn't believe that Laurie Lawrence didn't know me,'' he laughed.
"I told him I wanted him to train me and he replied by saying 'Are you hungry son?' I replied with 'I'm sweet, I've had lunch' and he then replied with 'You just might be dumb enough to win something'.''
Mr Armstrong then went on to win gold in the 200m men's freestyle and silver in the 400m men's freestyle at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.