Making a splash
SAWTELL swimmer Michael Anderson's Deaflympic dream has become a reality.
Anderson has been striving for selection in Australia's squad for the 2005 Deaflympics in Melbourne since he began competitive swimming two years ago.
While he is rapt to achieve a long-term goal, he is not sure which events he will compete in.
"I will probably compete in the freestyle and backstroke, but I am not sure about distances," he said.
"This has been a goal for me since I first started swimming."
At the moment Anderson's only emotion is excitement, but he knows that will all change once he gets to Melbourne.
"I will go down early to prepare," he said.
"That is when nerves will start to kick in I think."
Earning selection for the Australian Deaflympic squad capped off an incredible 2004 for the 17-year-old Bellingen High School student.
Since early January, Anderson has set Australian 16 years S10 records for 400m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 100m individual medley, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke and Australian shortcourse records in 200m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 50m backstroke.
But despite his impressive collection of records, Anderson says his first Deaflympics will be for experience.
"I am just hoping to swim personal best times," he said.
"I am only young and there will be a lot of experienced swimmers there, so this will be for experience."
Anderson is still looking for sponsors to help him get to Melbourne. Any interested businesses can contact his coach, Leigh Eastwood, on 0403 084 516.