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Diving head-first into recovery

Saturday 16 April 2011

Ethan Camroux
Ethan Camroux
Picture: DAVID MARSHALL

From Australian newspaper the Northern District Times:

 

Diving head-first into recovery

BY CHARIS CHANG
14 APR 09 @ 10:50PM

JUST getting out of bed was a struggle for Ethan Camroux three years ago.

But the 15-year-old has bounced back from a bout of chronic fatigue syndrome and now does two-hour training sessions in the pool six times a week.

The Melrose Park resident is the Northern District Times Junior Sports Star nominee this week.

Ethan, a student at Marsden High School, has struggled with chronic fatigue for the past five years.

At his lowest point he said he could manage only half-an-hour in the pool twice a week and had to wear a heart monitor.

“But if I laid in bed all day I would be like that for the rest of my life,” Ethan said.

He said he had been swimming ever since he was a baby, helped by the fact his mother was a swimming teacher.

His coach from Ryde Carlile, Idesa Vincent, helped him get back into training and now Ethan is achieving personal best times again.

At Marsden’s recent swimming carnival, Ethan was crowned 16-year-old champion, and came first in the 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke.

At the Sydney North Zone Carnival last month he made a clean sweep of the 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke.

In the past few years he has achieved first in his age group at the Terrigal 1km open water swim, has participated in the Penrith Bridge to Bridge 3km swim, Balmoral 1km swim, the Wedding Cake Island 2.4km swim and the Longreef Open.

Ethan has been selected for the Combined High Schools Carnival in June and he said his next goal was to qualify for the state competition in 200m and 400m freestyle.

He said he would love to make swimming a career.

“I like going to swim and race, to see friends and be with people.”

To nominate a potential junior sports star see Page 51 or go to www.northerndistricttimes.com.au.

 

The article originally appeared here.

 


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