Primary school student aims for Olympics

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A Year 6 student from Sydney expects to be selected for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. And he has a good reason.

Mountain View Adventist College student, Nathan Robinson has just broken his own Australian 200 metre butterfly record by an amazing seven seconds.

I began swimming when I was three. My dad used to take my brother Matthew to the pool for lessons, and I tagged along. I loved it so much that I decided that one day I would swim for Australia.

This makes Nathan the fastest 11 year old to swim the 200 metre butterfly in Australia.

“I began swimming when I was three,” said Nathan. “My dad used to take my brother Matthew to the pool for lessons, and I tagged along. I loved it so much that I decided that one day I would swim for Australia.”

 

Nathan’s inspiration for butterfly is Jessicah Schipper, who was the 200 metre World butterfly champion when she about Nathan’s age. 

“I used to watch her swim and realised that butterfly was a very challenging stroke. So I decided to give it a go,” said Nathan. “It also builds up the arm muscles.”

When Nathan is 16, he plans to apply to the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) and continue further intensive training with the Australian Squad.

“Staff at our College, along with his family, know that Nathan will achieve his dreams, said Jenny Gibbons, principal Mountain View Adventist College. “He has the drive, ambition and ability to do so.”

Mountain View Adventist College, is the largest Seventh-day Adventist school in Sydney with 450 students. It’s a one campus Pre-kindy to Year 12 school serving the community of Western Sydney with quality Christian education.