Swimmer follows Olympic dream to trials

South West Academy of Sport swimming sensation Kaiden Richings will follow his Olympic dreams to Adelaide where he will compete to be nominated to the Australian team that will vie for international honours at the Tokyo Games.

The 17-year-old Dalyellup talent is ramping up his training as he prepares to take on the country’s best swimmers in one of the most successful events in Australian swimming history – the 1500 freestyle – at the 2021 Australian Swimming Trials next month.

The outstanding distance swimmer is putting in some extra early starts as he increases both the time he spends in the water and at the gym in the lead-up to the Olympic qualification event.

“I think it’s going to be a really awesome experience, especially being Olympic trials and hopefully it’s not my last one,” Richings said.

“Hopefully, I’ve got a couple more in me. So, yeah, really exciting.”

Richings has been emerging as a serious competitor in his chosen sport, clocking up excellent results, including at the Hancock Prospecting Western Australian Swimming Championships in December, where he earned his tiket to Olympic trials.

It is not only in the pool that the teenage talent shines. He is also a standout competitor in the open water, with recent podium finishes achieved at the 2021 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships. At this year’s Busselton Jetty Swim, Richings crossed the finish line in second place.