READY TO GO: Jack Leeson, 9 of Swan Creek has been breaking local swimming records.
READY TO GO: Jack Leeson, 9 of Swan Creek has been breaking local swimming records. Adam Hourigan

Nine-year-old Jack Leeson breaks seven records

SWIMMING: Without dedication the results will not come.

This is an ideal that nine-year-old swimming sensation Jack Leeson lives by most mornings when he jumps in the Grafton Olympic Pool at 5.30am for training.

The extra work that Leeson has been putting in recently has paid off with the young superfish impressing fellow members of the Grafton Swim Academy this season.

Leeson was on a record breaking spree this summer and no discipline was safe from the all-rounder.

Leeson broke the club's 50m freestyle (33.96 seconds), 100m breaststroke (1:46.59), 50m backstroke (42.11s), 100m backstroke (1:31.29), 50m butterfly (39.05s), 100m butterfly (1:31.93) and the 200m individual medley (3:18.92) in the nine-years age group.

"I am really proud of what I have done," Leeson said.

"I have been training really hard lately and I guess it has just paid off.

"I just want to get better at swimming and that comes from doing more training."

Two of the records Leeson broke belonged to former Graftonian and 1996-97 World Ironman champion Nathan Meyer.

The 50m butterfly record that Leeson bettered was 43 years old and belonged to one of young Leeson's biggest fans, Grafton Swim Club president David Moon.

"He has been improving for a few years now, but this year in particular he has gone to a new level," Moon said.

"He is fairly keen, and he really enjoys swimming, he enjoys the success as well. He is a really likeable kid.

"He is one of those kids that will still be swimming at a high level through high school and beyond."

For Leeson his next goal to accomplish is to break the 40 second barrier in the 50m backstroke.

"I did want to get to State for more than one event but I have completed that one now," he said.

"It is one of my long term goals to swim in the Olympics."



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