Young Port Lincoln sportsman Bryce Hammond has been gaining attention in making it into three representative teams, one for swimming and two for hockey.
Things get going for Bryce at the SA Short Course Swimming Championships at the Adelaide Aquatic and Leisure Centre, which begin next Wednesday.
Soon he will be back in the pool as part of the SAPSASA under 12 team that will swim in the School Sport Australia national swimming championships in Hobart, which begins July 25.
Being engaged in two sports at that level, we encourage him wholeheartedly to take on swimming and hockey.Sonia Ford
The attention will then turn to the hockey pitch as he will play in the SAPSASA under 12 team that will play in the School Sport Australia championships in Newcastle on August 12 to 17.
Finally Bryce will return to Hobart in October as a part of South Australia’s under 13 hockey team.
Bryce’s mother Anne Marie Hammond said Bryce had worked hard to get on these teams, which included regular Sunday trainings in Adelaide.
“I think it's a real honour for him, he's done the hard yards to get there,” she said.
“Swimming gives him endurance for other sports.”
Bryce has been active in local sport as a member of the West Coast Swimming Club and Marauders Hockey Club in the Port Lincoln Hoceky Association, as well as cricket and basketball.
Bryce said hockey was his main focus in the winter months, which then turns to swimming during summer.
He said he was especially looking forward to being in the under 12 national championships team as it would be his first time in a state hockey team.
“I’m very excited about it,” he said.
West Coast Swimming Club head coach Sonia Ford said as Bryce was so competitive in both sports, he would need to find a balance for his health and wellbeing.
She said the club was fully behind him taking on both sports at an elite level, as well as other club members.
“Being engaged in two sports at that level, we encourage him wholeheartedly to take on swimming and hockey,” she said.
“We encourage all of our swimmers to take on multiple sports.”
To help fund his trips with the representative teams, his family have been planning and doing some fundraising initiatives, including a recent bake sale drive.