Australia’s swimming future looks to be in safe hands, with Flynn Southam already generating talks at just 16 years of age.
Flynn Southam has an incredibly bright future ahead of him. The 16-year-old from Bond University already has national records and several other accolades to his name, making him a name to look out for in years to come.
The up and coming star recently recorded his second consecutive Australian Age Record for 15 and 16-year-olds, knocking off Olympic Gold Medallist Kyle Chalmers on both occasions.
In December 2020 for the 100m Freestyle, Southam set a time of 49.65 defeating Chalmers’ previous 15-year-old Australian Age record by 0.03 seconds. Then in April 2022, he went on and did it again, breaking the 16-year-old Australian Age record with a 48.60 putting his name well and truly on the radar.
National Head Swimming coach Rohan Taylor spoke to the media, highlighting the excitement that is building around the 16-year-old.
“Looking at his technique and the way he races his races, he constructs his races really well,” Taylor said.
“Technically, he is very very good. So from a technical and a race strategy point of view, he’s very very good.”
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Southam is set for a huge 2022, with the Australian Championships, World Championships and Commonwealth Games Selection Trials. It’s no surprise that the Commonwealth Games will be the primary focus and this was praised by Rohan Taylor.
“He’s very focussed and he’s in a great program with Bond (University). There’s a lot of confidence around his long term development, he’s obviously on the scene now,” Taylor said.
Rohan Taylor couldn’t fault any aspect of Southam’s recent performances at the Age Championships.
“He’s swimming fast and that’s always a good sign,” Taylor said.
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