White launches assault for gold
DETERMINED Rockhampton swimmer Matthew White is clocking up the kilometres in a bid to crack his first national gold medal.
White, 16, embarks on his national assault today at the Australian Age Swimming Championships at Homebush in Sydney.
The CQU Rocky City swim sensation has set his sights on a golden performance in both the 16 years boys 100m and 200m breastroke events, starting on Saturday.
Making his third appearance on the national scene, White has been seeded second and fifth in the 100m and 200m events respectively for this weekend's racing.
CQU Rocky City coach Shane Kingston said his rising star had "trained the house down'' for his quest at winning Australian gold. "His been training extremely well,'' Kingston said yesterday.
The State champion has spent the past eight weeks in solid training for this week's nationals, clocking up an impressive 65km in the pool each week.
After winning gold in the 200m, silver in the 100m and a creditable eighth in the open breastroke field at last year's Queensland Age Swimming Championshiops in Brisbane, Kingston fired a warning to White's national rivals.
"He's really kicked on since then,'' Kingston said.
"He's seeded well and has just got to do the job on the day.''
Fellow CQU Rocky City swimmer Michelle Dunn is already in Sydney preparing for her first national swim meet.
Dunn, who returned to the pool last year with the goal of swimming at the nationals, will contest the 16 years girls 50m freestyle on Sunday.
Like White, Dunn's preparations have been faultless, and Kingston has high hopes for the 16-year-old.