Southside Penrhos Wesley Swimming Club junior overcomes opponents, injury to claim medal haul


Liam Ison (8) from Southside Penrhos Wesley Swimming Club. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d474675
Liam Ison (8) from Southside Penrhos Wesley Swimming Club. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d474675

AFTER tripping on his swimming bag and severing an artery in his palm in June, Liam Ison recovered to dominate at the Swimming WA Junior Short Course Championships.

The Southside Penrhos Wesley Swimming Club member and Karawara resident was carrying his dinner plate when it smashed and a shard cut through a nerve.

“I was more shocked than anything, there was lots of blood,” he said.

After wrapping his hand tightly, his family took him to Princess Margaret Hospital for surgery.

Six weeks of intensive rehabilitation later and Liam was ready to get back into the pool.

He was then struck down with influenza but recovered to claim eight gold medals from eight races at the championships in September.

Liam’s mother Jodi Ison said he had done well to recover and get back into the pool so quickly.

“When he had influenza, it felt like he was spending one week in the pool and one week out of the pool,” she said.

“When he got five gold medals of the first day, I knew he was determined to get more.”

Southside Penrhos Wesley Swimming Club coach Bradlee Sheppard said he had never seen one of his swimmers endure an injury like Liam’s.

“We get the classic sprains but I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said.

“We had Liam back on the board during the first two weeks, just using one arm and then he got back into things quickly.

“He’s quite good technically and he listens and takes advice on board.”

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