Next challenge please!
10-year-old powerhouse, Kingston Johnston will be competing in Western Swimming next week after he excelled at his school swimming carnival (breaking four records), the District carnival (breaking three records), now to take on the Western Area Carnival.
This process isn’t new to Kingston, “I have always been a swimmer. I competed at this level before, last year I made it to State swimming, this year the aim is to make Nationals because it’s in Melbourne and that’s where my cousins live.”
Kingston will be competing in the Relay, 50m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 200m Individual Medley and 100m Freestyle.
“I train nine times a week, so I expect to do well, though I’m always excited when I break a record and one of the records I broke was my friends who is in high school now, so that was really exciting.”
“Last weekend I competed in Country Championships which is very, very hard. I came top 10 in the 100m Freestyle, I came fifth in 50m Freestyle, I came third in 100m Breaststroke, so I got a medal that I got my name engraved and my time, and I came first in the 100m Butterfly.”
“My swim coach, Tanya Chapman is the one who has got me this far, so I am grateful to her and also my Mum who drives me everywhere.”
Leading up to his next carnival, Kingston mentioned he will be training much harder. “I’m expecting Western to be challenging, my friend pretty much does the same time as me in the 50m Butterfly, so it’s going to be tough. My other friend is very hard to beat in Backstroke. I get very, very nervous before a race, especially at Western because I have a much bigger challenge.”
The very best of luck to you Kingston!