Bowen Gough powers home to win gold and smash records in the 16 Years 200m Butterfly Final at the Australian Age Swimming Championships.
NEWHAVEN College swimming sensation Bowen Gough has returned from a national swimming contest with a swag of medals.
Competing in seven events in the 16 Years Boys’ category at the Australian Age Swimming Championships held in Sydney last fortnight, he qualified for five finals and bagged four medals.
One of those was gold and he managed to break the Victorian record in the 200m Butterfly – an effort which has earned him selection on the Australian Junior Team to compete in Singapore at the World Junior Championships in August.
He will now swim against the best U18 males in the world.
His blisteringly quick time of 2.01.20 was a new Victorian record and the sixth fastest of all time for his age.
Bowen’s Butterfly final was early in the week and he had to wait an agonising five days for the U17 Butterfly final to see if his time was fast enough to earn him selection on the Australian team.
Initially shocked when given the news that he had made the team, Bowen hugged his team manager and called his mother, who started to cry when she heard the news.
“It’s so good to know that this reward makes the effort worthwhile”, Bowen beamed.
“All those early mornings and long hours are paying off.
“I’m so grateful that my parents have always been supportive. Our busy schedule is very taxing on them but they don’t show it.”
“Busy schedule” is an understatement.
Bowen lives at Bass and trains extensively at Nunawading under coach Rohan Taylor, all while studying VCE.
He currently does nine swim and two gym sessions per week in Melbourne.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each involve two trips to Melbourne both before and after school, with just one trip on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Still only 16 years of age, Bowen’s discipline and maturity is more akin to that of an adult than a teenager and he applies himself to his academic studies in the same focused manner with which he approaches his swimming.
He is completing his VCE at Newhaven over three years and is given great support by the school.
“Bowen is a model student, an absolute credit to himself, to his family and also to Newhaven College,” said proud vice principal, Jason Scott.
“Bowen’s races were eagerly followed by many in our college community through live streaming on the Swimming Australia website.
“We all know how good Bowen is at swimming; he holds many school records and is a significant factor in the success of Sambell House, but we now know just how good Bowen is on the national stage.”
Bowen and his coach have set some pretty high goals.
He has his sights firmly fixed on selection for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018 and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Although he admits it’s a long shot, Bowen also has his eye on the Rio Olympics next year. However, right now Bowen’s immediate focus is preparing for team camps for the World Championships and upcoming Senior Grand Prix events.