ACT swimmer hoping he’s not out of his depth

ACCOMPLISHED swimmer Jayde Martens-Shaw has been juggling a busy work schedule to try to train as much as possible for Saturday’s Wagga’s Sports Champion event.

Martens-Shaw is one of eight new faces who will take part in the male division of Wagga’s Sports Champion on Saturday and will be the man to beat when the athletes hit the pool.

The 25-year-old athlete left Wagga when he was 16 and has spent time in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Perth as he pursued a career in swimming.

Martens-Shaw has since put swimming on the backburner as he balances his time between a double degree in sports science and sports management at University of Canberra, along with his job at Red Bull.

While he admits it is a busy lifestyle, Martens-Shaw explained yesterday he had been trying to fit in as much training as possible before of Saturday’s Wagga’s Sports Champion at Bolton Park.

“I’m based in Canberra and work between there and Sydney so there is a lot of driving between both which keeps me really busy,” Martens-Shaw said yesterday.

“Finding time to train is challenging but I’ve tried to do as much as I can, when I can, in order to try and match it with the full-time athletes.

“Like all athletes, I’m doing it because I like a challenge and it should be a bit of fun.”

Martens-Shaw will be the one to beat in the 50-metre freestyle given his background in swimming. It will also give him a handy advantage come the multi-sport challenge at the end of the day, which involves a 200-metre kayak, 800m run, 200m swim and 40m sprint finish.

He said the 100m sprint, plus the AFL goal kicking will be two of the more challenging events for him.

Martens-Shaw said he would love to walk away with a top-five finish.

“Who knows, it would be a dream to compete with the top guys,” Martens-Shaw said. “My goal is just to be able to mix it with those boys, it would great if I could finish top five.”

Martens-Shaw was unsure which athlete will be the one to beat on Saturday.

He said he was looking forward to competing with good mate Rob McMahon and described him as the dark horse of the competition.

Jayde Martens-Shaw

Age: 25

Sport: Swimming

Strengths: 50m freestyle, multi-sportchallenge

Weaknesses: 100m sprint, AFL goal kicking

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