Lee selected to Beijing
Daniel Lee now the most promsing male swimmer who has brought and
continues to bring fame and honour to Sri Lanka has finally made it to
the Beijing Olympic Games to be held in China in August.
Daniel who is back from Australia after training and competing at the
state championships there was to face the special trial conducted by the
Interim Committee of Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union.
But on the recommendation by the FINA world body for swimming he was
picked along with other female swimmer Mayumi Raheem to represent Sri
Lanka. The 19-year old Sri Lanka 'powerhouse' Lee who has represented
the country at two
World Swimming Championships, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and
South Asian Games proved to be the fastest free style swimmer in
Victoria State Schools.
Lee who swam at the Catholic Schools Swimming meet along with 180
competitors in Melbourne won the 100 metres free style 'clocking' 54.24
secs and bettered his own national record.
He also won the 50 metres free style event with a time of 24.24 secs
to erase the national record of 24.72 secs held by Heshan Unamboowe of
Trinity College. Former International School swimmer Lee is attached to
Monash University swimming Academy and he has done his share of training
under Ross Price, Australian coach who has trained sthree Olympic
He also qualified to swim in the 50 metres free style event at the
Australian Open Short Course Championships. Lee is what one may call a
self made swimmer.
'I did not really check on my recent timings in the 50,100,200 metres
free style and 200 metres individual medley but if I do anything better
than what I did in Australia it should be a bonus for me' Lee said.
Lanky Lee added that he has been to Australia on four occasions
before and after his selection to the SAF Games swimming team 2006 and
did my best to win three gold medals in the 50,100,200 metres free style
He also established three Sri Lanka records at the FINA World
Swimming Championships Short Course Meet held in China in 2006. At the
commonwealth Games and Asian Games Lee entered the second round in two
Lee who is also a member of the Nunawading swimming centre down under
is hopeful of continuing his swimming career in the years to come.
I gained vast experience training in Australia and also competing at
the Australian State Schools Swimming Championships and fared well.
Lee's main target was to swim at the Olympic Games now it has been a
dream come true for him.
I will do my utmost to bring honour to Sri Lanka at the Beijing
Olympics, said Daniel whose swimming career has been closely followed by
the writer for a long time. Lee added that his next target is to swim at
the 2012 Olympic Games in Manchester, London, Lee undergoes nine swim
sessions three gym sessions and physiotherapy sessions in a week and
does not complain.
This is because to improve his technical skills for better results
Lee never wavers from the strict schedule he has to maintain in order
to keep in shape. Daniel is thankful to his parents for their valuable
assistance and encouragement extended to him in swimming.