Not since Peter Coughlan ruled the pool in the middle ’70s has Dubbo been able to claim to have the fastest 16-year-old 100m swimmer in the country.
Angus McDonald grew up in the Dubbo Aquatic Centre where Olympians Coughlan and Dyana Calub logged the laps, bu he has added size, strength and speed since relocating to Trinity Grammar in Sydney for high school and specialist coaching.
Over the weekend, the towering (and still growing) super-fish stripped the pool, winning by more than half a body length in the blue riband event, before backing up to take bronze in the 50 metres dash.
In between came a silver medal in the NSW relay team.
As we go to print the Australian Junior team has not been announced but those close to the action are confident “A McDonald”, son of Yvette and Andrew, will be in the squad.
Another fine young athlete achieving on a big stage, utilising his immense natural and sheer hard work and determination to be the best he can be.
Angus was hoping to return to Dubbo for the holidays but with the unavailability of the local pools he, much to the delight of coach Brown, stayed in Sydney.
The results of those last few specialised sessions showed during the Nationals as the quietly spoken youngster churned up the 2000 Sydney Olympics pool.
Dubbo Photo News – 26th April 2018
Photo: Paul Seiser