Nerves of Steele to help Charlie in school games tussle
SWIMMING: Charlie Steele's ability to swim at his peak when it matters most is something that continually baffles his Grafton Swim Academy coach Al Paterson.
The recently graduated Year 12 student has had plenty of distractions this year with his schooling taking priority over his swimming, but he has still managed to produce results when he needed them most.
Only last week, shortly after returning from his Schoolies celebrations, Steele managed to put in a dominant display to clinch a medal at the Swimming North Coast Long Course Championships in Coffs.
He will need all of his nerves of steel as he prepares to represent New South Wales at the Pacific School Games next week.
"He is always a great performer when he gets on the big stage, he rarely fails to swim a PB in his finals,” Paterson said. "I would anticipate it will be much of the same as he takes on the competition in Adelaide.”
Steele is cool, calm and collected when he arrives at the pool, perhaps even a little too cool according to his coach.
"Nothing seems to pressure him, he is a very relaxed kid when he is poolside,” Paterson said.
"Charlie is a very social kid and he likes to mix it with a lot of his competitors but he seems to focus when it comes down to the swim.
"He has really done the hard yards, and has worked to get to where he is. He has certainly got the speed, skill and style to do it all.”