Two Rocks boy breaks swimming record twice


Jackson Anderson (8). Picture: Martin Kennealey        d453621
Jackson Anderson (8). Picture: Martin Kennealey        d453621

JACKSON Anderson swims the 50m freestyle fast.

In fact, he swims it faster than anyone his age has in WA swimming history.

The eight-year-old Two Rocks resident recently broke the State’s longest standing junior swimming record – twice.

The 43-year-old record, set by present Surfing WA chief Mark Lane in 1973, went tumbling back in March when Jackson outdid the 34sec benchmark with a time of 33.91sec.

Then at the Junior Long Course Championships last month, he bettered his own time in a blistering 33.45sec.

The feat made the Arena Swim Club member the fastest eight-year-old boy in Australia.

Jackson has proved to be versatile in the pool with the Long Course Championships also earning him gold in the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly event as well as silver medals in the 50m and 100m backstroke.

He anchored the 10 years and under 4x50m relay team to a gold medal.

And it appears he may have the choice to follow swimming or athletics should he want to take the path to elite sport.

The Mindarie Little Athletics Club competitor recently won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 400m events at the State Championships.