Swimmer off to overseas meets

WARWICK swimmer Max Ackermann will represent Australia at three international events in his first year out of school.

After graduating in year 12 at The Scots PGC College in December, Ackermann moved to Brisbane to train under Stephan Widmer at Chandler in a squad which includes Olympians Jessicah Schipper, Christian Sprenger and Kylie Palmer.

Ackermann is concentrating on the 100m and 200m backstroke, and has lowered his personal best for 100m to 56.5 seconds.

Late last year he represented Australia at the World School Games in Qatar.

Ackermann will leave for the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore on August 11 before flying to Hawaii for the Pan Pacific Games. While he hasn’t been told what he will swim at the Youth Olympic Games, Ackermann expects his main events to be the 100m and 200m backstroke and relays.

In Hawaii, Widmer also wants him to swim the 50m and 100m freestyle, and Ackermann would have swum the 100m butterfly except it is on the same day as the 100m backstroke.

“It is a surprise to make two Australian teams in 2010; I didn’t expect to make any,” Ackermann said.

“I am excited to be going to the Youth Olympic Games.”

Long term, the Olympic Games is the aim, but Ackermann is not putting all his eggs in the one basket with career options.

He plans to start an engineering degree part time at the University of Queensland in 2011 and continue his swimming career under Widmer.

“Next year, I probably won’t be able to work as much in my part-time jobs at the pool and as a maths tutor,” Ackermann said.

He is national 100m backstroke age champion.

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