TRAINING SEASON: James Hadley, Alicia Brunckhorst and Amanda Hadley train in the Nanango pool in winter.
TRAINING SEASON: James Hadley, Alicia Brunckhorst and Amanda Hadley train in the Nanango pool in winter. Keagan Elder

James surges forward even in the off-season

NOT one to be left behind James Hadley is driven by his own will to train twice a week at a pool more than 80km away from his hometown of Cloyna.

The Murgon Orcas swimmer has continued his intense training throughout the off-season to keep in shape ahead of the swimming season start in September.

But a qualification spot in the Pacific School Games has further driven his determination.

With the Murgon pool under renovation and the Wondai and Kingaroy pools closed, James, 12, had no option but to travel to the Nanango indoor pool.

James' earlier efforts at the state championships in March had him qualify to compete in the 200m breaststroke - his preferred stroke.

"I just like it because I just enjoy it," he said.

As the Pacific School Games gets closer James trains himself because he has no coach in the off-season.

"I want to get under three minutes by Adelaide," he said.

Just milliseconds off his target, James is almost there, but his training is more than swimming lap after lap.

He also sets aside time to train his mind to remain clear of distractions.

"I'm working on not getting psyched out by the other kids," he said.

James has already put his training to the test after a medal haul at Maryborough at the weekend where he won two gold in the 200m open men's breaststroke and 50m under-12 breaststroke.

He also finished second in the U12 50m freestyle and third in the open men's 100m breaststroke.

His next competition is in Chandler next weekend where he will swim the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

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