Glaston High School student Kaea Bidois has secured a haul of medals at the swimming national championships in Melbourne.
Kaea, 14, competed in the 2014 School Sport Australia National Swimming Championships (July 21-26) and returned with three silver medals and a bronze medal from five events.
Bidois said freestyle was his favourite stroke, because it is a change-up after focusing strongly on his predominant stroke of backstroke.
"I enjoy the 50-metre freestyle the most but I'm predominantly a backstroke swimmer and that is my best stroke," Bidois said.
Indeed, despite winning silver in the 50-metre backstroke and bronze in the four by 50-metre medley relay, Bidois also won silver in the four by 50-metre freestyle relay and 10 by 50-metre freestyle captain's choice relay.
He also competed individually in the 50-metre freestyle blue ribbon event.
Bidois lives in Glenorie and does his training at Abbotsleigh Swimming Club.
He said winning was a reward for all his hard work.
"It was a great feeling to stand up on the podium."
He does seven training sessions each week, including six two-hour swim sessions and a session of yoga — but awaiting him at the end of that black line in the pool is the feeling of success.
"That feeling you get when you achieve your goals, succeed at meets; you get the feeling you want to strive further and achieve more," he said.
Bidois also acknowledged his success was helped by the support of others around him.
"'My parents have been so supportive.
"My coaches and teammates give lots of encouragement to me which makes it all much easier."