Rocky swimming champ takes out six golds and counting
SWIMMING: This Rocky boy is taking leaps and bounds in the swimming world and with nationals in his sights, nothing can stop him.
Earlier this month Ty Hartwell, who swims for the Rocky City Swimming Club, competed in the 2016 State Championships held in Brisbane where he took out six gold medals, one silver and one bronze as well as being awarded country swimmer and age champion.
But he's just getting started.
"Nationals is next year so I'm mainly focussing on that for now,” Ty said.
"It was pretty cool coming home with country swimmer, that was probably my biggest achievement.”
Ty has been swimming competitively for the last six years and in that time has racked up 10 age national times in 100m and 200m backstroke, 100m and 200m butterfly, 200m and 400m individual medley and 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle.
The Heights College student has just finished grade 10 for the year, but said juggling school and his nine training sessions a week was easy with a bit of commitment.
"It's not hard,” Ty said.
"If you focus on it you can handle some pretty good time management.”
Rocky City Swimming Club head coach Shane Kingston said his swimmers get five days off over Christmas before they dive back in the pool, but they are up for the challenge training for nationals will bring.
"I guess the biggest challenge I've personally put in front of the team is to step up to a new level,” Shane said.
"We've changed a lot of things and how we've done things so a lot of the guys who've been with me for a quite a few years it's been a big change more mentally than physically.
"We've got a really good culture among the guys, they're all good mates and I guess when your good friend is beside you working hard it's easier to work hard yourself.”