Jared O'Hanlon is rising champion
LOOK out Grant Hackett, Rockhampton now has their own swimming champion on the rise.
Jared O’Hanlon broke both the 25 and 50-metre breaststroke swimming record in his division at the Queensland Short Course Championships in Brisbane, August 29.
The 13-year-old was awarded his certificates from his club, Rocky City Swimming Club, at the Glenmore High School swimming pool on Wednesday.
Coach Shane Kingston from Rocky City said the records were a surprise to both himself and O’Hanlon.
“It was a bit of surprise. His talent isn’t a surprise but rather we both didn’t realise the records were even achievable,” he said.
“There has been some good swimmers go before him and for them not to break it and for Jared to, is really good.”
But this accomplishment isn’t the biggest to hit O’Hanlon, as the young swimmer also picked up a gold medal at nationals in Sydney earlier this year.
“These are his two major achievements to date,” Kingston said.
“He tends to go well in the 100m breaststroke in the past and it is his preferred race. He is a breaststroke swimmer first and foremost.”
O’Hanlon is now training six times a week in the pool with additional gym training in preparation for the state championships next weekend where he will compete in eight events.
Kingston said he expects O’Hanlon to perform well at the state championships.
But O’Hanlon isn’t the only Rocky City swimmer to show promise in the club, after a successful weekend at the annual novice swimming meet.
The event saw more than 100 competitors congregate at the Glenmore pool.
“The event was for first time competitors or just ones who are starting to develop as swimmers,” Kingston said.
The club had two of their young swimmers take out their age champion and three take out runners up.
“Megan Benson (age champion 12 years) has been swimming well all season and she is also travelling to the state titles and will compete in the 100m freestyle and 200m back stroke,” he said.