McNamarra pushes through the pain

A BUSTED scapula and three months out of the pool couldn’t stop Adam McNamarra.

The 15-year-old from Trinity Lismore Swim Club travelled to Sydney to tackle the Australian Age Championships last weekend, making the final of the 100m backstroke with just three training sessions under his belt.

Swim coach Ken Malcolm was stunned that his charge would fare so well on such a short preparation.

“Before Adam was injured I had him pencilled in for a medal this year,” Malcolm said.

“But with the injury I thought he was basically going down for a holiday. In the end he swam in five events, equalled personal best times and made a final.

“Unbelievable.”

McNamarra was also carrying a hip injury which limited his three lead-up sessions to the top-half of his body only.

For those three sessions he swam with the aid of a pool-boy – a floating device which is lodged between the legs while the swimmer basically drags themself through the water with shoulders and arms.

McNamarra swam a 1:00.71s 100m backstroke at the meet – less than half-a-second outside his PB.



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