Sprint king: Cameron Slaughter was the under-14s champion in the 50 metres and 100 metres freestyle at the NSW state age long course championships earlier this year.Picture: Gary Warrick FROM the moment the starting hooter sounds to the 100th of a second when his fingertips pound the touch pad, Cameron Slaughter can be nothing short of perfect.
It’s the intense and breathtaking reality of a freestyle sprint champion.
Powering through the pool, the Penrith Valley Sports Foundation Junior Sportstar of the Month for July won gold in the under-14s men’s 50 metres and 100 metres freestyle at the NSW state age championships in January.
“It was basically the pinnacle of where I’ve come to in my sort of career,” he said. “Obviously I was on top of the world because my training had finally paid off. I’d reached where I wanted to be and checked the first box. The next goal is a national medal but we’ll get to that soon, hopefully.”
Slaughter, now 15, also snared silver in the 200 metres freestyle but he prefers the fast-paced action of the “glamour events” over the “quick and simple”.
“You don’t breathe, and go hell for leather. It’s a short, sharp, explosive sort of thing and if you make a mistake your day’s done.”
Since standing on top of the state medal podium, Slaughter has raced in five events at his second Australian age championships and broken five records at the Metropolitan Catholic Schools Swimming Championships.
The St Dominic’s College student and Ripples St Marys representative, who has trained under coach Jenny Pilgrim for four years, will compete at the NSW Open and NSW Age Short Course Championships over the next three weeks.
He trains up to eight times a week in the pool along with many gym sessions and spin and boxercise classes.
With the Ripples complex under renovation, the Werrington resident has spent the winter months braving frosty conditions in the outdoor pool but he’s refused to let it rattle his commitment to training.
“When it’s really cold, I put my wetsuit on,” he laughed.
Wearing an Australia swim cap at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is Slaughter’s goal.
“That one and the one after that,” he said. “My idol is Ian Thorpe, so something a shadow of him would be nice.”
Cameron has won $400, courtesy of the PVSF Junior Sportstar of the Month sponsor, St Marys Leagues Club.
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