Swimming: Dawson sets sights on record double
Michael Dawson will step onto the blocks this Saturday aiming to land the Irish junior record for the 50m breaststroke.
Dawson, of Ards, had a great season last year, including 50m breast gold at the Irish long course championships in a 29.9, breaking the Ulster junior record held by his hero Andrew Bree.
Now Dawson is heading to the P&O Irish Sea sponsored Larne Sprints hoping to make an Ulster and Irish double.
Ards coach Nelson Lindsay has been delighted with the 15-year-old and believes that on the cusp of the new season the next 12 months look very promising.
"Michael is a real competitor and when he gets up on the blocks he just loves it and that is a great mental attitude," said Lindsay.
"He's been playing a lot of rugby as well but this year he has cut down on that and has taken up more training sessions which I'm delighted about and I believe we'll see that pay off.
"He's only a couple of tenths away from Barry Murphy's Irish junior record for the 50m breast and I would expect him to go close to it at Larne though with it being so early in the season it may be asking a bit much to expect him to break it.
"He made a lot of progress last year and I would like to think that over the next year he will go from strength to strength."
Saturday's Sprints will also see another rising star, Conor Leaney in action along with Larne team-mates Wilson Logan and Shane Traill.
The women's event should throw up some great action as Cormorant's Irish champion Laura McDonnell has entered along with the likes of Enniskillen's Chelsey Wilson and Larne's Caroline Gordon.