BIG DREAMS: Brendan Hoffman hopes to one day make it on the Australian Olympic swim team.
BIG DREAMS: Brendan Hoffman hopes to one day make it on the Australian Olympic swim team. Lisa Googe

Warwick swimmer sets sights on life in fast lane

SWIMMING: The Darling Downs' fastest swimmer of backstroke and butterfly has big hopes for 2016.

Brendan Hoffman is a 14-year-old with high hopes to one day reach the top, just like his idol, 11-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps.

The Warwick State High School student travels to Stanthorpe seven times a week in order to train with well-known swim coach Gail Smail.

"I love being in the water and still really enjoy it after all these years," Hoffman said.

"My plan is to just go with the flow and keep training and working hard, hopefully to one day make it to the Olympics."

In recent weeks Hoffman was one of three Smail Swim School members who attended the McDonald's Queensland Championships.

He, along with Aliesha Rogers and relay teammate Ben Armbruster, was selected to compete in the Darling Downs regional relay teams at the championships.

Hoffman and Armbruster came fourth in both their medley relay and freestyle relay with the Darling Downs team.

Though Hoffman was not overly impressed with his personal turnout in the 100m freestyle, he did come 25th in the state for the 100m butterfly.

Hoffman's parents have been of great support throughout his swimming career.

He said he was so thankful for his mother driving him to and from training and competition.

"My Aunty Karen has also really helped push me to do my best," he said.

Although the Country Championships are coming up in January, Hoffman is looking forward to the school state competition to see if he will make it on the team.



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