Butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle.
For young Victorian Brendon Smith, this routine is the reason he is off to his inaugural Olympic Games.
After an elite performance in Adelaide at the 2021 Australian Swimming Trials, Smith broke the Australian record in the 400m Individual Medley, recording a time of 4:10.04. After gaining his ticket, Smith also received an individual swim post Trials in the 200m IM as well.
“What it means to me to represent my country is honestly just a dream come true,” he said.
“It’s always been a goal of mine to be an Australian Dolphin, but to have it happen so soon is just insane.”
As a ‘New Kid on the Blocks’, Smith is one of eight rookies on the team who will make their maiden appearance on the international stage in Tokyo.
The 21-year-old Nunawading swimmer believes that hard work and goal setting will help him achieve his ambitions now and beyond Tokyo.
With some of the most talented swimmers of all time swimming in the 400m IM, Smith will be striving to do the best he possibly can and would love to potentially end up on the podium.
“My main goal heading forward into Tokyo would be to drop time off my trials,” Smith said.
“My biggest motivation to get through all that pain is, if I don’t do it, someone else will be doing it, and I know I want to be in that position and not my competitor.
“I don’t want to talk medals but obviously you swim to get the best out of yourself so eventually if I could be getting some medals at international meets, it would be incredible.”
But with his sights set solely on Tokyo, his support network back home has played a pivotal role in his success thus far.
“The thing that I like about ‘Nuna’ (Swimming Club) is that you can go all the way from learn to swim right up to Olympic level and it’s something that I have gone through,” Smith said.
“The main two people that have helped me along that way is Scott Talbot and Wayne Lawes and I have to give a shout out to my amazing sisters!.”
Go well in Tokyo, Brendon!