Young swimmers proud to don the green and gold

CHERRYBROOK Carlile Swimming Club is rapidly earning itself a reputation for producing world-class sprinters.

Members Ellen O'Rourke, 16, Angus Hannan, 15, and Vincent Dai, 14, have all recently gained selection in Australian squads.

O'Rourke will head to Hawaii for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships while Hannan and Dai will compete at the Trans-Tasman Championships in Tasmania. Their selections follow successful campaigns at the Australian Age Swimming Championships in Brisbane recently.

Dai and O'Rourke claimed gold in the 50-metre freestyle while Hannan returned home with a silver medal.

It is the first time O'Rourke has been selected for a national team.

"[To make the Australian team] makes me feel really proud and also honoured," she said.

"It is also a huge motivation.

"I get up at 4.20am for swimming training and sometimes it's hard but when you have a goal it makes it easier.

"Being told about Hawaii was unexpected, thrilling and nerve-racking at the same time."

This year's London Olympics may be out of reach but Rio in 2016 could be a very real prospect for all three swimmers.

After recently bettering a record held by arguably Australia's most successful swimmer, Dai is on track to emulate his hero, James Magnussen.

"I surprised myself by swimming a personal best in the 100 freestyle, 51.86, which was under Ian Thorpe's Metropolitan Championship record," he said.

"I would love to go to the Olympics in 2016, it would be a dream come true."

Hannan, the most experienced campaigner of the trio, has been selected in the national team for the second time.

He also has his sights set on the Olympics.

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