CHINCHILLA SHARK: Enoch Rusford set a local record in 100 metre backstroke at the Chinchilla Open Carnival.
CHINCHILLA SHARK: Enoch Rusford set a local record in 100 metre backstroke at the Chinchilla Open Carnival. Jessica Schremmer

Our local record breaker

SWIMMING: Chinchilla Shark Enoch Rusford has set a new local record for 100 metre backstroke after breaking the previous record at the Chinchilla Open Carnival last Saturday. Rusford, 15, won the swimming 15 years boys' race with a new best time of 1:17:68, breaking the previous record of 1:17:78, set by Karl Bannerman in March 1997.

Rusford said it wasn't the first record he had broken but the first in this event.

"I feel pretty happy, I really didn't expect it,” he said.

Rusford started swimming in Cape Town, South Africa, seven years ago, and has loved the sport since then.

"I started swimming originally because I used to be scared of water and my dad didn't want me to show up to my friends' party and be the only one left out not being able to swim,” he said.

"So that's when I started swimming and I am really enjoying it.

"My coach then said you know you should start racing... and that's what I did.”

He moved to Chinchilla at the end of last year and joined the Chinchilla Sharks Swimming Club.

Rusford said it was his dream to swim professionally in the future and his idols were Michael Phelps, Adam Peaty and Chad le Clos.

"I do about five training sessions a week sometimes twice a week... so up at 5am, I train and then head to school,” he said.

He qualified in March for the Queensland titles and will head to Brisbane to compete in the 2017 McDonald's Queensland Championships, to be held over six days from December 9-15.


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