It’s fair to say that ‘The Carrpedo’ - aka Parade College Year 11 student Jayden Carr - has made quite a splash of late.
A lifelong lover of the pool, Jayden’s performances through last weekend’s Victorian championships were such that Swimming Victoria has named him to represent the state in the nationals at the AIS in October.
Jayden’s grateful mother Mel contacted teachers to thank them for supporting her boy, who had committed heart and soul to realise his dream.
“This is the start of what has been a 16-year journey for him, from when he commenced swimming lessons at six months old,” Mel said.
“Jayden really wanted to perform at these State Championships and perform he did. Just last month he gave up his love of basketball, after 10 years, and does four gym sessions a week along with swimming twice a day, and he hardly missed any sessions.
“He moved to Northcote swimming club just on a year ago and now has an Olympic coach. Hard work, determination and the love he has for his swimming ha definitely paid off."
Jayden took out the honours in the 100 and 200 metres butterfly and finished third in the 200 freestyle final. He was also the youngest member of the Northcote team of 15-18 year-olds who took out the fly medley by five metres in 24.88.
He is pictured on the podium and with his equally proud father David.