The Very Beginning: Ian Thorpe (Part 2).

15 10 2012

Ian James Thorpe

The Young Years

Ian Thorpe, world champion swimmer at 15 became Australia’s greatest ever Athlete.

From the early age of five Ian started swimming when his sister was advised to swim after a wrist injury, to strengthen the wrist. Unfortunately Ian had an allergic reaction to chlorine from a young age and swam with his head out the water. It wasn’t until 1994 when he was 12, he was more accustomed to chlorine where he competed for the very first time where he won 9 individual gold medals.

1995 saw Ian move to high school and change coach to Doug Frost.

His National debut in 1996 at 14 saw him achieve five gold, two silver and two bronze at Australasia’s age championships in Brisbane.




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