Green, gold or nothing, says Matt
MATTHEW White doesn’t have a back-up plan, he wants to swim for Australia and he is not going to stop until he suits up in green and gold.
The 20-year-old has based his swimming career on his biggest inspiration, Grant Hackett, and is making his final strokes to make the Australian team for the Commonwealth Games in October.
And it isn’t an unrealistic goal.
While other local swimmers are heading to Gladstone this weekend for the Harbour City Meet, White will be hard at training each day with the Commonwealth Games trials and nationals approaching in eight weeks.
“It’s all I want to do,” White said.
“I don’t really have anything else; I am investing everything I have in swimming.”
The breaststroker is one of Rockhampton’s biggest success stories, who in his short career has taken out medals on state and national levels and will head to the trials as one of the top five seeds.
But White said he had tried out for the Commonwealth Games previously and wasn’t selected.
“I tried out, but it was more of an experience for me, so this time around I am familiar with it and have that experience behind me,” he said.
Coach Shane Kingston of Rocky City swimming club said although White was one of the top swimmers in Australia, it was going to take a lot more than just talent to make the team.
“He has the potential, but in that top group of five there is very little difference between the swimmers,” he said.
“What will determine who makes it is the mental application and ability to take the body to the next level.”
But the Rocky City swimmer hasn’t always been a first-class torpedo with Kingston saying White wasn’t a swimmer who would make it to nationals or act as the top contender in his age group.
“He had a very bad year and has only built himself up within the last two years,” he said.
The Commonwealth Games trials will be held in late March and White will be pushing for his best stroke, breaststroke, in the 100 and 200 metre events.