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Mini Thorpedo Kyle Chalmers is primed for Australian Age Swimming Championships

April 5, 2013
Kyle Chalmers, 14, is competing in the National Age Swimming Championships to be held at Marion SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre. Picture: Naomi Jellicoe. Source: The Advertiser

Kyle Chalmers, 14, is competing in the National Age Swimming Championships to be held at Marion SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre. Picture: Naomi Jellicoe. Source: The Advertiser

Emerging South Australian swimming prodigy Kyle Chalmers, 14, will aim to continue on his crash-course with greatness when the Australian Age Swimming Championships begin at Marion’s state aquatics centre on Monday.

Chalmers crushed four national records and won five titles at the corresponding meeting in Brisbane last year and his 100m freestyle time (52.29 sec) was quicker than Ian Thorpe‘s at the same age.

Chalmers has been likened to the Thorpedo for more than two years now, and while not completely comfortable with the comparisons, says it does not distract him from doing what he does best – swimming fast.

“I guess being compared to him (Thorpe) is a pretty big thing, and it’s a bit daunting,” Chalmers says.

“But all of that is really at the back of my mind, it’s all about just going out there and doing my best and having some fun.”

Chalmers, who originally hails from Port Lincoln, moved to Adelaide in 2011 to train with Norwood Swim Club, but switched to the Marion Swim Club after following his coach Peter Bishop last month.

The son of former AFL footballer Brett Chalmers, Kyle wears size 15 shoes – a couple of sizes smaller than Thorpey’s size 17 feet – but is still growing.

Chalmers has been training six times a week and believes he can break New South Welshman Haumi Maxwell’s 14-year-old boy’s national 100m national freestyle record of 52.14, this week.

“The records are close to my times, but it’s more about getting out there and swimming PBs (personal bests) and making the finals,” Chalmers said.

He will be 17 when the Rio de Janeiro Olympics roll around, the same age as Thorpe was when he won three gold medals at his first Games, in Sydney, 2000.

He says making Australia’s team for Rio is a realistic goal, but adds that it is far from a foregone conclusion.

“I’ve still got a fair bit of training to do and hours to put in at the gym and the pool to be ready, but it’s definitely a dream and something I’m working towards,” he said.

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