Macarthur urged to make swimmer’s dream a reality

Local swimming sensation Jackon Andrews has conquered the competition in the pool – now he’s hoping to capture the public’s heart.

The 11-year-old recently made headlines after he broke several records at the regional championships.

One of those records include former Olympian Ian Thorpe’s 50 metre breaststroke time.

He also broke the 200 metre individual medley record which had stood for 39 years.

His good form continued months later at the state championships where he won gold in the 50 metre breaststoke and finished third in the 200 metre individual medley – bettering his personal best by six seconds.

The youngster is now one of 10 finalists from across Australia vying for $20,000 to put towards their sporting dream.

His mother Lisa, said there were more than 600 applicants in the Colonial First State Sports Boost, with the winner to be determined by public voting.

“(His selection as a finalist) was based on three years of hard work and accomplishments,” she said.

Should he win, $15,000 would go into a swimming fund while $5000 towards a coach of Jackon’s choice.

Mrs Andrews said some of the money would go towards his trip to the Pan Pacific Championships, held in Adelaide later this year.

The rest of the money would towards helping reach his goal of qualifying for the Olympics and even qualifying for the trials for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

“I personally think he might be a bit young to qualify for the Commonwealth Games trials,” Mrs Andrews aid.

“He’s still got a fair way to go but he’s constantly improving.

“Every time he gets into the pool he’d doing PBs (personal best times).”

Voting ends in June.

To cast your vote visit www3.colonialfirststate.com.au/personal/campaigns/sports-boost/sports-boost-finalists/sports-boost-jackson-andrews.html