Geoff Eastwood clocking up the kilometres at the Sawtell pool in a rigorous training program which he hopes will one day have h
Geoff Eastwood clocking up the kilometres at the Sawtell pool in a rigorous training program which he hopes will one day have h

Sawtell superfish

By GREG WHITE

TALKabout life in the fast lane.

On Friday, December 16, swimmer Geoff Eastwood began what's become for him, a normal weekend.

At 4am, the alarm rang for training at Sawtell pool.

By 8am it was time to prepare for holiday season work.

Then it was back in the pool that afternoon for a one hour session, and a shower in preparation for the car trip to the city to compete in the New South Wales championships.

Midnight, arrive Sydney, 4am Saturday, more training.

During daylight, compete in three Open A finals against the calibre of Brett Hawke and Michael Klim and finish ninth in a freestyle event for which he ranks tenth.

Meet complete, back in car for homeward journey.

Sunday 4am, go back to training, 'square one.'

"Somehow he manages to fit everything in," his mother Leigh told the Coffs Coast Advocate.

"Alongside that he's working for the HSC and trying to have some social life."

Many would stagger under the exhausting schedule Eastwood has set himself but the athlete continues to thrive.

The end of 2005 saw him rewarded with a NSW sporting Blue, presented at the North Coast School sports awards.

Days later, an Integral Energy sporting scholarship was awarded providing a cash prize to ease the burden of travel costs.

Eastwood has represented in North Coast swimming since 1998 and has been age champion since 2000.

He's won NSWCHS championships at 12, 14 and 16 year levels while collecting a swag of All Schools records.

Twice, he's competed in multiple events at the Pacific Schools Games.

"The next step comes from patience and persistence," mum Leigh reveals.

"Geoff has set goals that are realistic and he'll work towards achieving them."

Such as a trip to Melbourne for the Commonwealth Games trials.

"It's a tall order breaking into the squad," Leigh Eastwood explains.

"Everything depends on aiming at times and aiming at finals."

To get to the top, Geoff has already shown he's got the determination.

How far he goes is up to him.

Till then, there are lots of 4am starts, training, travel, competing ... then the cycle begins again.



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