FLOREAT 10-year-old swimmer Josh Bradbury hopes to one day swim a freestyle lap against his idol, swimming veteran Michael Phelps.
“My idol is Michael Phelps – if he’s still swimming freestyle I would like to try and beat him,” Josh said.
The Floreat Park Primary Year Five student is one of 24 kids in the 10-12 year old WA squad that will compete at the School Sport Australian Championship in July and August.
Josh said he was excited for his first interstate swimming competition at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
“It’s a big achievement for me and one of my biggest achievements in swimming,” he said.
“I’ll be competing in freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and two other relays but I’m not sure what strokes I’ll will do yet,” he said.
Josh was champion boy at his school’s swimming carnival, which qualified him for the Year 5 interschool swimming competition where he took the top title and qualified for the WA interstate swimming squad.
The St Hilda’s Swimming Club member trains three days a week for five hours.
“I love getting in the water and training with my friends – I want to become a professional swimmer one day,” he said.