Kamloops Swimmer wins fifth gold medal

Kamloops Swimmer wins fifth gold medal

By Victoria Christison, BC Games News Service

Author: BC Games Society/Saturday, July 19, 2014/Categories: 2014 BC Summer Games, Swimming

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When 13 year-old Austin Phillips of Kamloops was packing for the BC Games earlier this week, all he was hoping for was to do his personal best, and to “maybe get on the podium.”  In his mind, the competition was going to be fierce, as he was up against 14 year-olds.  4 days later, his grin is contagious as he now has 5 gold medals hanging proudly around his neck.  And the Games are not even over yet…

Phillips’ first three gold medals were awarded to him on Friday and he added two more to his total on Saturday when he won the 100 meter butterfly, and the 200 meter individual medley.  While both races were tight at the half way mark, Phillips increased the lead close to the end to win with a time of 1:03:58 in the 100m butterfly and 2:20:31 in the 200m I.M.

Phillips, who can be described as nothing other than a powerhouse in the water, says his inspiration came from his brother, who on a bronze medal two years ago at the 2012 BC Games Summer Games in Surrey.  “I just wanted to contribute to what my brother did, and maybe bring home some medals of my own.”

This young champion will be attending the Canadian Age Group Championships next week in Winnipeg, but ultimately, his goal is to compete in the Olympics.  “I think that is every swimmers goal; every athlete’s dream.”

Phillips will compete on Sunday in the 800 meter freestyle and the 4 x 50 meter medley relay, and is hoping to add one more gold to his collection.  
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