Creed joins swim star on State team

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Albany swim pair Tom Gawned and Creed Shepherd are off to the School Sport Australian National Swimming Championships.
Camera IconAlbany swim pair Tom Gawned and Creed Shepherd are off to the School Sport Australian National Swimming Championships. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Following in the steps of Albany swim star Tom Gawned, talented youngster Creed Shepherd will make his debut for the WA State team next week.

Shepherd is the latest Albany Swim Club member to pull on the WA colours, selected to swim at the School Sport Australia National Swimming Championships that begin in Melbourne next Saturday.

Selected on the WA team based on current Swimming WA rankings, Creed will compete in nine individual events. The nine-year-old will test himself against opposition from around the country in 50m and 100m events in butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle and will also tackle the 200m individual medley.

Shepherd, a Flinders Park Primary School student, was ready for his biggest challenge yet.

“Breaststroke is my favourite because it is my fastest and the easiest to do,” Shepherd said.

“Tom helps with my confidence, so it will be good to have him there.”

Gawned will try and better the bronze medal he won in the 50m freestyle at the same championships last year.

Tom Gawned and Creed Shepherd at the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre.
Camera IconTom Gawned and Creed Shepherd at the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre. Credit: Cameron Newbold

The 15-year-old Great Southern Grammar student will swim in 15 events and said he will help young Shepherd in any way he can.

“I’ve given him a bit of advice to try and help him out,” Gawned said. “The aim for me is to try and get a gold medal or win more than one medal.”

Gawned will compete in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle plus the 400m freestyle, 200m and 400m individual medley.

The championships run from July 27 to August 2.

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