SWIMMING STAR: Tyler Seagrott picks up gold at Australian Swimming Championships.
SWIMMING STAR: Tyler Seagrott picks up gold at Australian Swimming Championships. Contributed

Golden swim from Bilo teen

FOURTEEN-year-old Tyler Seagrott has returned from the Australian School Swimming Championships in Melbourne sporting a gold medal around his neck.

The fourth and final day of competition was relay day and Tyler teamed up to help Tasmania in a six person relay that included both able body swimmers and multi-class swimmers.

His team won gold with his swim resulting in another PB for his 50m freestyle by 1.31sec.

Tyler competed in the multi-class (swimmer with a disability) division in his individual swims where he was able to smash his personal best (PB) by 18 seconds in the 200m freestyle, 11 seconds in the 100m backstroke, six seconds in the 100m freestyle and 0.73 seconds in the 50m backstroke.

Tyler's mother Kym Seagrott couldn't be prouder of her son.

"Very proud seeing how hard he's worked and everything pay off for him,” Seagrott said. "They weren't little PBs they were quite big.

"He was very happy getting out of the pool.”

Despite being one of the few inidvuals to claim a gold medal in swimming, Tyler's focus has always been on beating his PBs.

"It's not about the medals, it's about PBs,” Seagrott said.

"He's happier with a PB than a medal.

"Every time he swam he came up with a PB which was his main goal for the week.”

Tyler travels to Rockhampton every weekend to train with his coach Jodie Shanks.

"I've only been working with him a short amount of time and he's made great improvements,” Shanks said.

"When I first started working with Tyler he wasn't very fit or strong but we did work on his stroke and building endurance.

"I'm pleased to see what he did.

"The confidence he got from it and the smile on his face afterwards was incredible to see.”

Being intellectually disabled isn't a barrier at all for Tyler in his training.

"No, not really, he's a really good kid with a good nature,” Shanks said.

"We haven't had any problems, he listens to everything and tries to improve.”

Heading into the competition Tyler was reportedly feeling nervous but, like any athlete, the adrenaline to perform kicked in.

"He got very nervous before the first day,” Seagrott said. "He goes very quiet when he's nervous.

"Once he got into his warm-up that all settled down.”

Tyler also plays soccer and will finish soccer soon with more swimming on the horizon.

"After soccer season we'll get into the summer season, looking at what meets he'll go to,” Shanks said. "He's back at the gym already with plans to go to Rockhampton for training this weekend.”

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