Andrew follows big brother
AFTER picking up two silver medals at the national age championships in Sydney this month, Kingscliff swimmer Andrew Abood now has his sights set on the “open market”.
The younger brother of current Australian 50m champion Matt, Andrew, 18, picked up silver in the 17-18-years 50m sprint with a time of 23.4 seconds.
His performance earned him a berth in the NSW 4x 50m relay team which was just edged out at the national titles for gold.
Andrew's relay swim was a personal best for him in a sizzling time of 22.9 seconds.
The age championships were his last, and now he steps up to the open competition which could see him swimming against big brother Matthew.
There is a possibility of that happening, and it could be as soon as August when the Abood brothers head to Hobart for the national short-course championships.
Matt will be back from competing with the Australian team at the world championships in Rome, while Andrew, who continues to train at the Kingscliff Pool, will be looking to make a mark on the national scene.
The younger Abood is putting in up to nine swim sessions a week, along with plenty of out-of-pool training in preparation for the titles in Hobart, and when he hasn't been training he has been teaching youngsters two swim at the pool a couple of times a week.
While Andrew and brother Matt may share a friendly rivalry in the water, they both harbour the same goal of both making a national team together in the future.
The August meeting could be a good stepping stone for Andrew, and who knows, it could be a case of Matt having to looking over his shoulder.
Should the boys fulfil their goal, there will be plenty of people at the Kingscliff pool cheering them on.