Hamilton swimmer Sebastian Christie-Crane clocking up kilometres on road to success

SPRINTER: Hamilton's Sebastian Christie-Crane, 16, has been selected to swim for the Victorian team at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide. Picture: Rob Gunstone
SPRINTER: Hamilton's Sebastian Christie-Crane, 16, has been selected to swim for the Victorian team at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide. Picture: Rob Gunstone

HAMILTON swimmer Sebastian Christie-Crane is familiar with the road from his home town to his training base in Warrnambool.

The Moniave College student travels the 200-kilometre round trip up to eight times a week – and sometimes twice a day – as he strives to wipe seconds off his swimming times.

He is currently working with Warrnambool Swimming Club coach Jayson Lamb five times a week. That will increase during the school holidays.

“He knows every bump – there’s a dip here, and watch that pothole he always tells me,” mum Chelsea Crane said of their regular road trips.

PUTTING IN THE WORK: Sebastian Christie-Crane, 16, does laps as part of his swimming training in Warrnambool on Wednesday night. Picture: Rob Gunstone

PUTTING IN THE WORK: Sebastian Christie-Crane, 16, does laps as part of his swimming training in Warrnambool on Wednesday night. Picture: Rob Gunstone

The commitment is paying off with Christie-Crane selected to represent Victoria at the Pacific School Games  in December. More than 14 countries will converge on Adelaide for the School Sport Australia-run competition.

The sprint specialist, 16, will compete in the 50m freestyle, backstroke and butterfly.

“I am expecting there to be a lot of really fast people compared to what we see in Victoria because Queensland and New South Wales are the two quickest states in Australia,” he said.

Christie-Crane will use the Victorian sprint championships in Melbourne this weekend to prepare.

“I’d like to get a medal but at least definitely finals in all three,” he said.

He joined the Warrnambool club in January.

“When (University of Kentucky and Warrnambool export) Isaac Jones comes back that’s great and sometimes (Olympian) Mack Horton comes down in the summer to train. It’s pretty cool,” Christie-Crane said.