Young fish has big ambitions

Young swimmer Guy Harrison-Murray.
Young swimmer Guy Harrison-Murray.

The Year 12 International School of WA student was born with bilateral talipes, commonly known as clubfeet, which has resulted in Guy having shorter tendons and muscle wastage in his calves and less flexibility in his feet.

Guy took up swimming when he was just three, living in Britain, and stepped up his competitive swimming following his family’s move to Australia.

Recently joining Perth City Swimming Club, Guy said the sport had helped him understand other people’s goals and learn to work as part of a team.

‘The coaches are friendly here and everyone was really welcoming,’ he said.

‘I have to get up early and so does Mum to drop me off and pick me up from training, which I’m grateful for.

‘I eat breakfast in the car on the way to school.’

Guy achieved his personal best recently in the 50m and 100m freestyle at the Australian Short Course Championships in Sydney and placed sixth in the 400m and said he now had his sights set on the Long Course Open Championships early next year.

Looking to the future, Guy hopes to pursue his passion for sport in his tertiary education and swim in the S10 category at a Paralympics.