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Nunawadings Brendon Smith joins the F-Team

20 November 2019

Brendon Smith
Brendon races in the APEX Predator Cyclone

Young gun Brendon Smith has recently joined the team of Funky Trunks athletes and is already making waves. Named as one of the top 10 Australian male swimmers under 20 years old to watch by SwimSwam and having recently been pre-selected for Tokyo 2020, Brendon is proving he can take on the leap from age to open competition swimming successfully. The 19 year old Nunawading swimmer is currently studying a Bachelor of Business in between his demanding training schedule and has already a long list of swimming achievements under his belt.

In 2018, Brendon fought his way to silver on the world stage at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships. An impressive time of 4:18.95 put him 71st in the world for the 400m Freestyle. He also came home in 4th in the 400m IM, 5th in the 200m Freestyle and 6th in the 800m Freestyle.

Brendon Smith
Two thumbs up for a fingertip drag drill - not so much for anything breaststroke.

Earlier this year, Smith also competed at the Australian Long Course Swimming Championships smashing his previous 400m IM PB with a time of 4:14.91 - well under the Olympic qualifying time. Hot on the tails of Rio Olympian Mitch Larkin, Smith pushed him right to the wall at the Championships trailing by only 0.29 of a second. Smith also took home a silver medal in October this year at the Australian Short Course Championships in the 400m Freestyle.

This month has brought Smith some new and exciting opportunities having recently been selected to swim in the International Swimming League (ISL) for the New York Breakers. With only a few days' notice before the competition in College Park, Maryland, USA Smith was asked to join the team. After over 24 hours of travelling Smith managed a PB and came 4th in the 400m IM with a time of 4:07.09.

We asked Brendon a few questions about what's next for the swimmer...

What are your specific goals for the future?

To make the Tokyo Olympics and beyond that to be a consistent member on the Australian Dolphins Swim Team.

What are your favourite and least favourite training drills?

My favourite drill is definitely fingertip drag. My least favourite would have to be any breaststroke drill that is predominantly arms (e.g. 2 pull, 1 kick).

What are your interests outside of swimming?

Watching footy or catching up with my mates.

What?s your go-to post training meal?

In the morning it is always a big bowl of oats and in the afternoons I always crave pasta!

Do you have any pre-race rituals?

Yes, I have many. I always like to have the same meal before a race with all the snacks I eat being the same. I have specific dryland and warm up exercises and in major competitions I like to say something to myself before I get on the blocks.

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