Tristan Pearson recently turned heads at the Barossa and Light SAPSASA swimming trials held in Nuriootpa.
The 13-year-old swam in five events and broke an eye-catching four records, including the 50-metre Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and the 100m Freestyle.
Some of these records were set way back in 2010 and 2013.
Tristan went into the meet with the aim to break records – and did not disappoint.
“It was pretty exciting because I was hoping to break those records,” the Good Shepherd Lutheran School student said.
“I have those times but not at that meet, so I was hoping to get them.
“When I heard that I had broken them I was just really excited because I had wanted them for a while. Last year I only broke one record so it was kind of my goal to break more this year.”
Tristan said it was a good feeling knowing the hard work he had put into achieving his goal paid off in the end.
He first began swimming at the age of six years and three years later, he began competing in swimming competitions.
Breaststroke is Tristan’s strongest swim, where he has won medals and competed in finals at state competitions.
Last time he competed at state level, Tristan made the Breaststroke final.
Having impressed at the trials, Tristan secured his place in the Barossa and Light swim team which will compete in the SAPSASA state country swimming championships.
The championships will be held at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide next Friday.
Heading into the championships, Tristan said his goal was to win a medal in Breaststroke and make the final in Freestyle.
Last time he competed in the state country championships, Tristan won a medal in Breaststroke and made the final in Freestyle.
He was also looking to improve his personal best times.
After that, Tristan will continue his training for the state short course championships which will be held in July.
Tristan said that his ultimate goal was to one day compete at the National Championships.