Kyle Chalmers tackling the next Ian Thorpe burden

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A couple of days before Kyle Chalmers was due to flew to Sydney for the national age swimming championships this year, the 15-year-old decided to go to a high school football training and “have a kick with the lads”. Chalmers, the son of former Crows and Power ruckman, Brett Chalmers, returned from the session, with a cracked index finger on his right hand when the ball hit it awkwardly.

After he finished competing at the meet, which he took part in after defying initial medical opinion that he should rest for up to eight weeks – he became the latest promising junior swimming star to be lumped with the label of the “next Ian Thorpe”.


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