Abeysinghe brothers stun swimming world
Oct 25, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
This must be a Guinness Book of World Records entry. Two brothers Mathew and Dillon Abeysinghe, students of Asian International School became the National and Junior National Champions at the SLAASU swimming nationals held last week-end at the Ananda College Pool.
Both of them are trained by their dad Manoj Abeysinghe at the Killer Whale Academy at the Tamil Union Club. Neither of them is surprised that they became champions. They train seven days a week at their own pace. They train only one session a day, even before a meet. They have land training but no weights and no gym. Very surprising because all good swimmers at their age have two sessions of swimming, gym and weights as well. Dad thinks we are too young to do so much of exercise, says fourteen year old Mathew.
Mathew is hot after a fabulous stint at the Commonwealth Games, which was his first International exposure. "The weather in New Delhi was great. The pool in New Delhi was an indoor pool with state-of-the-art starting blocks. It was simply fabulous to swim there," says Mathew. In some of my events there were World record holders who were swimming as well and that is really exciting. Coming back here to swim at the Nationals was very tiring because we hardly got a week’s break.