Western Australia is the home to one of our top Aussie breaststrokers, Tommy Sucipto. The last 12 months has been an exciting time for Tommy and we recently got to catch up with him and chat about his career.
Q: So Tommy, what made you want to become a swimmer?
I wanted to start swimming because my brothers used to swim and I got dragged along to come watch and I got bored of watching so I decided to start swimming.
Q: Last year you made your first open Australian Swim Team, where you competed at the 2016 World Short Course Championships! Tell us what it meant to you to compete for your country!
It was awesome! Being part of the 4x100m medley relay is pretty much the coolest thing that I have done. Being part of a team with 3 other Australians and competing against the best in the world and coming away with a silver medal is something I can be proud of!
Q: What was your favourite part of being on the Australian Swim Team?
I think just being part of the team is awesome. Everyone on the team is really friendly and really fun to be around.
Q: What does a typical week of training consist of for you?
I do 8 swimming sessions, 2 gym sessions and 1 boxing per week.
Q: Coming into the winter months, what inspires you to wake up on those early mornings and train hard?
On the really hard days probably the amount of harassment I will get from my squad if I don’t rock up to training.
Q: What would you say is the highlight of your swimming career so far?
The 4x100m medley relay in windsor.
Q: Do you have someone who growing up inspired you to one day swim for Australia?
Q: If you could do a training session with any swimmer in the world, past or present, who would it be?
Q: What is your favourite Zealous swimsuit to train in?
Q: Any advice for young up and coming swimmers who one day want to be on the Australian Swim Team?
Make sure to have fun while swimming and not get too intense about a sport that is meant to be fun.