Liam rises to top at state swimming
When Liam Rayfield first dove into the chilling pool at state titles last week, the last thing he expected to surface with was six medals and seven qualifications for nationals.
The 14-year-old was the ultimate success story from the Rocky City Swimming Club and the rising athlete couldn’t help but smile after remembering the achievements that he gained between December 12 to 19.
The local torpedo capped off the titles with four individual medals including gold in the under-14 400m individual medley, silver in 200m backstroke, bronze in the 200m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m breaststroke.
Rayfield also banded together with his team-mates, Alex Williams, Chris Hanson and Jared O’Hanlon, to take out a gold in the medley relay and silver in the freestyle relay.
The teen will be one to watch out for in the New Year with nationals approaching in April, but he said his achievements came sooner then his coach, Shane Kingston, thought.
“I think Shane (Kingston) knew I could do it, but I don’t think he expected it to happen so quickly,” he said.
“But I have picked up my training to about seven times a week this year. They are pretty intense sessions with the club.”
Rayfield has been splashing about in the pool since he was four and has spilled his talents over to the rough waters of Surf Life Saving.
Immediately after the state titles, that finished on December 19, Rayfield slapped on his surf life saving cap to compete in two rescue events at the South Pacific Championships at Kirra Beach.
And to follow suit, Rayfield didn’t break his trend and claimed second in both the Male 13-Year-Old 50 LC Metre Swim with Fins and the Male 13-Year Old 100 LC Metre Obstacle Race.
Kingston was impressed with Rayfield’s performance and returned home from the state titles proud of his team of 17.
But what topped it off for the Rocky City club was being named the Country Club Champions, which Kingston can’t be more proud of.
“I think that is a massive achievement for our club,” he said.
Rayfield will pick back up with local swimming competitions early in the New Year.