When Clinton Stanley is not busy being a world swimming champion, he is a volunteer lifeguard for Sunshine Beach and the Noosa Aquatic Centre.
When Clinton Stanley is not busy being a world swimming champion, he is a volunteer lifeguard for Sunshine Beach and the Noosa Aquatic Centre. Geoff Potter

Medal tally for proud Clinton

If Clinton Stanley was to dive in to the pool with all his sporting medals on, he would surely sink to the bottom.

The quiet achiever from Cooroy has blitzed the competition during his decade-long campaign to become a world swimming champion.

He claimed one gold, one silver and two bronze at the fourth Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships in 2008.

And he donned green and gold to represent Australia four times before that.

After intense training for the past 12 months Clinton is ready to take on the world again.

The 33-year-old will join his team mates including head coach Ross Sanderson and support coach Pieter Santifort at the World Down Syndrome Swimming Championships in Taiwan this month.

The trio left Noosa on Tuesday, September 28 to represent Australia .

Clinton wants to regain his 1500m world crown, that he lost to America at the championships in Portugal two years ago.

He has a huge workload. His events are the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle.

Plus the 100m and 200m butterfly finishing with 400m individual medley and relays.

When he is not competing, Clinton is a volunteer lifeguard for Sunshine Beach and the Noosa Aquatic Centre, where he does his many kilometres training a day in the pool.


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