COMMONWEALTH and Olympic Games are in the sights of Warrnambool swimmer Isaac Jones after his successful international debut.
The 18-year-old returned home from the world junior championships in Dubai yesterday where he improved his world ranking in the 200m butterfly and picked up a silver medal in Australia’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
Jones said his seventh placing in the butterfly final on Sunday morning Australian time was a case of mission accomplished.
“I did what I wanted to do which was improve my ranking,” he said.
“I was ranked ninth coming in. My heat swim felt really comfortable and really easy but I just didn’t feel it in the final.”
He said he was “very happy” with his results and admitted struggling to comprehend he was now ranked seventh in the world.
“It’s only juniors but it sets you up for senior teams and the Olympics and things like that.”
Jones said he had been so focused on Dubai he was unsure what his immediate plans involved but he wanted to represent Australia again at the highest level.
“Rio (2016 Olympics), that’s my number one goal,” he said.
“Next year there is the Commonwealth Games and they take the top three swimmers and take some to the Pan Pacs. In 2014 there are a lot of opportunities to make the step up.”
While his pet event is the 200m butterfly, he is keeping his options open as a freestyler and an individual medley swimmer.
But Jones’ short-term goal isn’t in the pool. The Emmanuel College year 12 student said he had to hit the books in preparation for VCE exams in November.
“I will focus on year 12, I have no idea with my swimming,” he said.
“I will talk with my coach Jayson Lamb.”
Jones said he had enjoyed the challenge of swimming in a foreign country and experiencing an international event.
He spent a week in Doha at an Australian training camp before the championships.
He showed no signs of nerves, producing a personal best in his first swim — the opening leg of the 4x200m freestyle relay heat. He backed it up in the final with the quickest opening leg as he gave Australia an early lead.