HE may have a long way to go before he lays down the challenge to comeback champion Ian Thorpe but Coffs Harbour junior swimmer Ky Kinsela is making a big splash in the water.
In the pool or in the surf, the 10-year-old youngster has already collected more than a dozen medals this year.
Ky started out with the NSW Country Surf Life Saving titles at South West Rocks where he won seven medals and became surf swim and ironman champion for his age group.
Highlights included the gold medal for the surf swim with Sean O’Reilley and Kai Onley, before Sam O’Donnell joined the group to take out the teams event.
Ky, Kai and Oliver Smyth continued the medal haul in the board relay, picking up silver.
Then as a member of the Coffs Harbour Swimming Club squad at the Regional Country Championships held at Banora Point, Ky put in a tremendous effort to take part in 10 events, collecting eight gold medals and one bronze.
“The competition in my age group was strong with plenty of very close finishes in the 50 metre and 100 metre events,” he said.
“But I prefer longer events where endurance comes into play.”
His victories came in the 100m freestyle, 200m IM, 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m IM.
The bronze medal was awarded for the 50m butterfly.