PROUD grandad Roy Nalson made a 22,000 mile round trip from his home in Roberttown to watch his grandson strike gold in the Australian National Age Group Swimming Championships in Adelaide, South Australia.
Roy, 78, travelled to Australia with his son Gary and daughter-in-law Shauna to see his grandson Dominic Richardson, 13, compete in the championships.
Dominic, who is a former member of Spenborough Swimming Club and the Borough of Kirklees squad at Batley Sports and Tennis Centre, swam in seven events in Adelaide, including two relays.
He returned from the championships with two gold medals, a silver and a bronze. He also reached the finals of three other events where he was placed fourth, fifth, and ninth.
In some of the events Dominic had been seeded in 14th and 16th place, so to make a final was a great achievement. All his swims were personal best times, some knocking seconds off his previous times.
The highlight of the competition was the 200m butterfly where Dominic won gold, making him the fastest 13-year-old in the event, in Australia. His time of 2.11.67 makes him the fifth fastest swimmer of all time in his age group in Australia.
Dominic emigrated to Australia with his parents Kenny and Janice and his sister Aimee, in May 2008 and they live on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
Since his arrival Down Under Dominic’s swimming has gone from strength to strength. He has been awarded a scholarship at TSS, a highly sought after boys boarding school, because of his swimming ability.
As a result of his success at the Nationals, Dominic has been selected to attend an altitude training camp for elite athletes looking towards Olympic and World trials at Thredbo in New South Wales, in September.