Golden glow for Marcus
MARCUS Elliott didn't just have sore arms after the Queensland Multi-Class Championships; his neck was also hurting from carrying his 10 gold medals.
Two weeks after watching Australia's swimmers strike gold at the London Paralympics, the Hervey Bay autistic swimmer demonstrated his potential by winning all of his events at the two-day Brisbane swim meet.
Marcus' mother Julie said her son saved his best to last, equalling his personal best time of 2min 50sec in the boys 19-and-over 200m individual medley.
"Marcus had a massive program and to still be hitting a PB on your last swim, that's pretty amazing," she said.
Julie said an enhanced training regime was the key to his remarkable medal haul.
In the past 18 months, the Queensland Bronze Development Squad member had gone from four sessions a week to nine, and has employed some new training methods including running, boxing and a core strength workout with Ben Naug.
"His butterfly was strong on the weekend, which I think comes from the land program he's doing," Julie said.
At the Australian Swimming Championships, which doubled as Paralympic trials in Adelaide, Marcus made the final of the S14 200m freestyle.
While the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games may seem a realistic goal for Marcus, he is intent on his immediate desires of making the Queensland Flippers Multi-Class Squad and improving his times at the state championships in December.
Events Marcus Elliott claimed a gold medal at the Queensland Multi-Class Championships
200m individual medley