Tommy G brings home another bag

By Anthony Probert

IT was another swim meet and another bag of medals for 13-year-old Tom Gawned last weekend.

The Great Southern Grammar student travelled with the Albany Swim Club to the WA State Open and Age Short Course Championships in Perth and cleaned up.

The jack-of-all-trades swimmer came away with three gold medals, three silver and one bronze from his hectic schedule of seven events.

Just to top it off, Tom broke the state record in his age division in the 50m freestyle, which was set 10 years ago.

Albany Swim Club coach Marshall McAleese said that the future looked bright for Tom.

“He’s a really good kid with a talent for swimming,” he said.

“We just need to keep improving and keep the momentum going.”

Tom will get the chance to measure up against some of the best young swimmers in the world at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide from December 3 to 9, when he represents WA.

Tom was joined on the podium by fellow Albany Swim Club members Teleya Beattie and Gabriela Cannon who were also amongst the medals.