Sam Murphy is all smiles after he won bronze and silver at nationals.
Sam Murphy is all smiles after he won bronze and silver at nationals. CHRIS ISON CI

Murphy an olympian in the making

IT was his first national championships, but he certainly made a lasting impression.

Sam Murphy claimed a silver medal, 50m freestyle, and a bronze medal, 50m butterfly, at the Australian Schools Swimming Championships in Perth in September.

The 10-year-old has made waves of success through pure talent and still competes just for fun rather than competitively.

The golden swimmer has been paddling with the Caribeae Swimming Club since he was a baby and his coach, Jodie Shanks, said he is a “top little competitor”.

“There is no pressure on Sam; he does three sessions per week whereas others do six,” Shanks said.

“He is a top little competitor and he has a bit of a tiger in him.”

Shanks said Murphy swims at his own pace and doesn’t think about the other competitors when he is in the pool.

She said although he isn’t hard at training each day of the week, he still performs well and has a lot of natural talent that pushes him through.

But the clinking of Murphy’s medals isn’t the only big news for the Caribeae Swimming Club as they prepare for the Queensland state titles this weekend.

Murphy isn’t old enough to compete in these state titles, but Shanks said she hopes next year he will be joining the state team.

“This year is our biggest team and they have all trained really well,” she said.

“I have two 12-year-olds who have made every event that they were able to, so that is a great achievement in itself.”

Shanks said the competitors aren’t feeling the pressure though a few are thinking ahead to the nationals.

“I don’t put any pressure on them. Their main goal is to do their personal best so anything on top of that is a bonus.”

“There are a few knocking on the door of getting into nationals, obviously this is a big competition and they tend to lift themselves for that next level.”

Shanks said the swimmers have recorded times in training that put them up in the finals, but the only times that matter are the ones on the day.

“I am expecting them to do quite well but it is just a matter now of them pulling through with it,” she said.



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