Josh Chapman in the pool yesterday.
Josh Chapman in the pool yesterday.

Josh has gold in his sights

By GREG WHITE

BELIEVE us, this little guy has 'champion' written all over him.

Tyalla primary student Josh Chapman can't stop winning medals and awards for his swimming.

He's added two gold and two silver from the State titles to his growing swag and next month will chase more precious metal when he races the nation's top age competitors at the School Sports Australian Swimming Titles.

"The water at Homebush swimming centre has become friendly with me lately," Josh said. "Last trip I won gold in butterfly and backstroke ? all 50 metres, of course ? and silver for breaststroke and freestyle."

Josh's natural ability allows him to get results in every stroke but backstroke is where he has received his highest rating.

In 2005, Josh was named Australia's number one 50-metre backstroker in the 11-year age group but, by his own admission, his current ranking has slipped.

"The nationals are my chance to go up there again."

Tyalla school representative Beth Minter said everybody was extremely proud of Josh.

"It's his personality," she said.

"He gives so much in everything he does."

The school is looking for business sponsors to help Josh with the extraordinary travel costs that are the downside of his talent.

"It will cost the Chapmans about $500 for him to compete next month," Ms Minter said.

"Tyalla will help with a raffle but business help would be fantastic."

Josh offered his suggestion.

"Tell me where the money tree is?" he laughed.

If he finds one, there's plenty of water he can bring from Homebush to cultivate it.

Josh's racing engagements at Homebush on June 10-16:

l 50m individual freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly;

l 4x50 mixed freestyle relay;

l 100m multi disability individual freestyle;

l B team medley relay (swimming backstroke leg).



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