LIGHTNING: Swimmer Charlie Steele at Grafton Pool.
LIGHTNING: Swimmer Charlie Steele at Grafton Pool. Adam Hourigan

Steele shaves more time off in the water

JNR SPORTSPERSON: Grafton swimmer Charlie Steele just cannot stop shaving seconds of his personal best times.

Last month he broke the 50m freestyle record at the Grafton Olympic Pool set by Australian Olympic golden boy Jon Henricks 60 years ago.

But the swim of 25.11 seconds did not last as a milestone for Steele who shaved another 0.01 second off it at the National Age Championships in Adelaide the following week.

For Steele, competing at the National Age Championships was a dream come true and to also better his PB in the 100m butterfly event made the week something to remember.

"It was definitely an experience I will not forget," Steele said.

"It was my first time making it to age nationals, it is just something I have always strived to achieve and that is exactly what I have done.

"But there are still goals that I need to achieve."

Steele backed up his showing at the National Age Championships at the NSW Combined High Schools state championships where he competed in the 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 200m individual medley, 200m freestyle and the 50m freestyle.

Despite not returning with a medal from the championships, Steele made a PB in all the events he swam in.

"It seems to be the case that I just keep shaving time off my PBs, which is quite good in some ways," Steele said.

"I have no idea why it is happening though. I still train the same amount that I have done for a while.

"I just keep swimming faster."

Steele's efforts in the pool have seen him awarded the GDSC Clarence Valley Junior Sportsperson of the Month award, something he is quite proud of.

"I don't think I have ever been nominated for that before," he said.

"This is definitely a proud moment for me. I am so happy about this."



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