Eastwood dominates North Coast swimming
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
HOUR upon hour of following the thin black lines that go the length of the pool is getting Geoff Eastwood places and quicker than any of the other swimmers on the North Coast.
Named as the champion swimmer of the meet when the North Coast's combined high schools finals were held in Lismore last week, the Coffs Senior College student is taking all before him at the moment as he steadily makes the transition from schoolboy star to a young man mixing it with the big boys.
Eastwood stamped himself as a swimmer of the future when he broke a long standing North Coast record at Lismore for the 100m freestyle which did belong to three time Olympian Chris Fydler.
It wasn't that long ago that Eastwood was rubbing shoulders with the biggest names in swimming that this country has to offer when he he swam at the Commonwealth Games selection trials.
"It was a good experience racing against all the open swimmers and all the top swimmers in Australia," the 17 year-old said.
"Watching them you realise that all of them do it differently, they all do their own warm-up, there's nothing set for all of them, they all have their own little habits that they have."
One thing the top swimmers do have in common is an unbelievable work ethic and in the last 12 months Eastwood is starting to catch on that it is hard work that gets the results.
"Fitness wise I've got a lot fitter," he explained.
"I was still doing all right times before but now that I've got a lot fitter the results are starting to show.
"I wasn't doing that many sessions before so I had to step it up to improve."