Toby’s training pays off

cvreview imagesc   Yamba Orcas swimming club member, 10-year-old Toby Campbell, has been a keen trainer and competitor over the past two years … and it’s starting to pay off. And, since the Yamba Heated Community Pool closed its doors for winter, he has been travelling to South Grafton Pool to train. This weekend, he competes in the 50m and 100m freestyle and breaststroke events at the NSW country swimming championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre – following his results at the north coast championships held in Lismore recently; swimming in six races and picking up a medal in each event. Toby has also been invited to try out for the north coast development squad – where a team will be selected following two days of trials. Toby says he is keen to eventually become an Olympic swimmer, and is thankful for all the guidance that his Yamba coach, Richard Beresford, has provided. Since Yamba Community Heated Pool closed its doors for winter, Toby Campbell (right) has been training with a squad at the South Grafton Pool, including Charlie Steele (left), 16, from Grafton. Charlie, who recently competed at the north coast championships in Lismore, won all of the nine events in which he competed and broke the 200m butterfly record. He will compete at the national schools championships in November. Toby has found inspiration swimming alongside Charlie – looking at him and saying “yep, that’s what I want to be”. Pic: Contributed