Ryan George believes a medal within reach in his big debut

Dave Kearsey
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Ryan George of Deer Lake is adjusting to life as a member of the MUN Sea-Hawks varsity men’s swim team.

ST. JOHN’S  Ryan George will soon find out how he stacks up against some of the top varsity swimmers in Atlantic Canada.

The Deer Lake native has been working his butt off in his rookie campaign with visions of putting it all on the line at the 2014 Atlantic University Sport swim championships being staged at the Aquarena in St. John’s this weekend.

He’s looking forward to suiting up for the host Memorial Sea-Hawks in his debut, especially since his first taste of AUS action will take place in familiar surroundings.

“It’s really exciting because our entire team gets to compete not just the travel team so with a bigger team we’ll have a better chance at winning the title this weekend, so hopefully we will have strong performances,” George said from St. John’s earlier this week.

He has been experiencing some anxious moments as the big weekend approaches so he’s eager to see how he stacks up.

More importantly, George has been pleased with how his training has been going the past couple of weeks so he feels good about what’s to come this weekend.

“The last few practices I’ve been feeling really good in the water,” he said.  “I’ve been going pretty fast times in practice so I feel pretty confident I will go best times this weekend.”

He fully understands that the competition will be fierce, but that’s just fine with him. He only wants to get better with each stroke and knows that is a strong possibility as long as he pushes himself to compete with the big boys on the AUS scene.

“In terms of being able to handle the training over the year I’ve definitely improved,’ he said. “It’s been a huge change and I’ve been able to handle it a lot better this semester. I think in terms of being able to train and staying focused that has improved since the year started.”

Now he wants to see how his development is going on the skillset side of things. He will represent the Sea-Hawks in four races — three backstroke events at various distances and the 100-m butterfly — in his debut at 18 years of age.

“I’m pretty anxious to see how I perform,” he said. “My goal would be to get a couple of medals and I’d love to go all best times.”

Swimming at home in front of family and friends is an opportunity most student athletes would cherish and George is no different.

His older sibling Meaghan George, a former competitive swimmer who he lives with while attending Memorial, will be one of his biggest supporters this weekend.

He’s happy to have her along for the journey.

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“For sure, I  need some support from my sister,” he said. “Just her presence helps me get through the days whenever it’s tough. So it’s good to have my older sister around.”

Organizations: Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada.The Deer Lake

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