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Posted 20th September 2001
Setting his goals

Emerging swim talent Andrew Richards
ANDREW Richards loves to watch the telly but he's normally fast asleep so the VCR gets a real workout.

The big teenager is one of the emerging talents of the swimming scene, a young man to be reckoned with in the future.

The Year 12 Westfields Sports High School student, is not awake late into the evening to watch his favorite television shows.

"I tape a lot of shows and watch them at other times," Richards Said.
"I'm normally in bed by 8.30pm or 9pm, because I have to get up early, around 4.45am to go training in the morning.

"You do get tired after training early in the morning then going home to have breakfast then off to school, train again in the afternoon and then do your homework, then you're ready for bed."

It's a tough regimen for anybody especially when you do more laps of a pool in training that you care to remember.

during peak training for major meets, Richards will clock up more than 50km in the pool.

It's an occupational hazard, no matter how talented you are in swimming unless you get the kilometres up on the "body speedo clock" it's a wasted exercise.

Richards, 18, of Bossley Park, has been under guidence of Smithfield Amareur Swimming club coach Bruce Edmunds for more that a decade.

There's genuine respect from the coach to swimmer and vice versa. "Bruce is a very fair coach, he's hard, but he's helped me a lot," Richards said.

Edmunds has a high opinion of his 187cm tall and 87kg swimmer, who is essentially a long distance competitor, rather thatn the shorter stuff.

A member of the NSW Institute of Sport at Homebush, he will head off on a training camp with the squad to Thredbo in early October.

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