Richie Goddard enjoying a break from his other sporting pursuits with some karting at Raleigh.
Richie Goddard enjoying a break from his other sporting pursuits with some karting at Raleigh.

Richie geared for national titles

By GREG WHITE

LIKE any young man off the farm, Richie Goddard has surrounded himself with boys toys, or "my children' as he calls them.

A motorsport ("I'm a Holden man") fanatic, Goddard has stored a Subaru L1800 and a Land Rover SWB on his family's beef cattle farm at Hernani near Dorrigo and plans adding to the collection as soon as he can.

"I'm only young and want a big family," he laughs.

"Cars, of course."

It's hard to believe Goddard is still only 14 for the amount of sporting action he's packed into his life.

Especially in the pool and when you want to discuss his amazing swimming career where do you meet him?

Raleigh International Raceway of course, just as he's preparing to scream off in a go kart.

"Pretty well," he replies modestly when asked how he went in the multi-disability events at the state All Schools carnival.

"Won the 50m breastroke but on the disabilty ruling they put me back to third.

"Same with the 50m butterfly and the 100m freestyle.

"But when I came fourth in the 50m backstroke they let me keep that position."

But the Richie Goddard story doesn't end there.

In the state CHS 4x50m relay, his team won the event before relegation to second under the multi-disability rule.

He holds Australian age records in the 50m backstroke, 400m freestyle and 100m butterfly.

Goddard has no idea how many medals, ribbons and prizes he's won in the four years he's been coming down from the plateau to train at Sawtell pool.

"My grandparents live at Sawtell and we visit once a week," he explained.

"The coaches Tim Raven and Leigh Eastwood are fantastic.

"It's easier to train here than stop off at Bellingen pool."

Even as the weather turns cooler, the young swimmer is churning out the laps for his next aquatic engagement.

"In June I go to the national titles at Homebush and I will swim for New South Wales in the individual 50m freestyle and the 4x50m relay."

So how does he fit everything in?

"Easy," he offered.

"Cut back on athletics."

Goddard is also a two times State track and field champion specialising in shot put and discus.

"I like throwing things," he laughed as he disappeared from sight, 'throwing' a go kart around Raleigh Raceway.



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