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Rees keeps his Olympic dream alive

18 January 2013

SWIMMING: Jayke Rees is keeping his Olympic dream alive with his final two races, the men's 200m backstroke and men's 50m freestyle.

So far at AYOF 2013, he competed in the heats of the men’s 100m and 200m freestyle, but narrowly missed out on the finals.

Grandson of 1960’s Olympian swimmer Janet Hogan, Rees has been swimming competitively since he won the Schools National Championships at the age of eight.

He says his grandmother is inspiring, constantly giving him motivational pep talks, which he finds helpful to stay on top of his jam-packed schedule.

Not only is Rees training six or seven times a week, he’s also a competitive surf life saver and studying towards his HSC.

The NSW student says it’s a tricky balance, but that he is focusing on his studies first, before he starts to work hard towards Rio 2016.

The Olympic Games are his “ultimate life goal”.

“Because what kid doesn’t dream of representing their country in the Olympics?” he said.

The 17-year-old says he’s had a “crazy January” in terms of surf life saving and swimming competitions. Expect to see him at the interstate surf life saving competition later this month, before he competes in National Championships for both surf life saving and swimming.

Rees will swim in the 200m backstroke on Saturday morning and the 50m freestyle on Sunday morning.

Hannah Moore

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