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Max Ackermann trains sights on Glasgow

Warwick swimmer Max Ackermann after a Swimming Australia event.
Warwick swimmer Max Ackermann after a Swimming Australia event. Swimming Australia Ltd

FORMER  Warwick swimmer Max Ackermann is happy with his training form as he prepares to challenge for a spot in the Australian team for next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

A Doc Bodimeade Junior Sports Star Encouragement Award winner in Warwick and Darling Downs Junior Sports Star of the Year, Ackermann is training at the Valley pool in Brisbane under Simon Cusack, a great-nephew of former Warwick coach Arthur Cusack.

After attending school at The Scots PGC College, Ackermann moved to Brisbane where he is studying engineering and furthering his swimming career.

Last year, he was third in the final of the 50m backstroke at the Australian Swimming Championships and Olympic trials.

The top two in Olympic events made it to London, but the 50m backstroke is not an Olympic event, but will be contested at the Commonwealth Games next year at Glasgow.

He didn't compete in this year's nationals as he opted for a break from the sport, but is back training hard in a squad with a distinct Olympic flavour. Ackermann said he was training for 50m and 100m backstroke, but not the 200m.

"I am happy with my times in training and my starts are pretty good," he said.

Ackermann is known for his ability underwater in a stroke where swimmers can stay underwater for up to 15m after the start or each turn.

Good mate and world championship winning breaststroke swimmer Christian Sprenger, the Campbell sisters Cate and Bronte, and Tommaso D'Orsogna also train under Cusack at Valley.

"I am keen for a crack at some solid racing when I am fresh," Ackermann said.

He will soon start his taper for the state championships on December 14-20.

Ackermann has already qualified for the April 1-6 nationals and Commonwealth Games trials at Chandler.

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