Making the long trip to Sydney worthwhile Gol Gol Primary School swimmer Willem Allen has outclassed city rivals to win a gold medal in the NSW Primary School Sports Association Swimming championships which began at the State Swimming Centre at Homebush.
Representing the Barrier region, Willem Allen took out the the 12 years 50 metres freestyle event and was placed 2nd in the breaststroke event yesterday.
Attending Gol Gol Public School nearly 1000km from Sydney the youngster had travelled the furtherest distance of any competitor to take part.
While the young Sunraysia star told officials he was only 15 minutes from a swimming pool for training, they were amazed that coaching staff was available to support him in such a remote area of the State.
The Association President Ross Hallaways said that a total of 1720 swimmers and divers are participating this year in the titles which continue today.
A special attraction was the attendance of former Olympic swimmer Dimity Douglas who was supporting her daughter Chloe.
Dimity Douglas, who assisted with some presentations of medals yesterday, was the youngest ever athlete to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Swimming in 1982 at just 12 years of age.
Later she represented Australia at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and the Commonwealth Games again in 1986
The 2018 NSWPSSA Swimming and Diving Championships brings together the State's talented young swimmers from Primary Schools from across NSW with entry via a qualification pathway from School to Zone / District and Regional Sports Associations.
In 1936 the Primary State Championship Venue was changed to Coogee Aquarium with the North Sydney Pool was used for the 1937 and 1938 carnivals while the 1939 carnival was staged at Ramsgate Pool.
In 1938 all schools carnivals were held at North Sydney Pool with boys and girls on separate days but in 1953 boys’ and girls' events were swum alternately for the first time.
Also in 1953 lifesaving was introduced as an event, but despite an increase in the number of entries was discontinued after 1954.
The Homebush Pool was built for the year 2000 Sydney Olympics