Ipswich Grammar School student Oliver Pye displayed all the right qualities in recently winning a state 10km open water title.
Ipswich Grammar School student Oliver Pye displayed all the right qualities in recently winning a state 10km open water title. Rob Williams

Success far from Pye in the sky

MULTI-talented teenager Oliver Pye is proof that looks can be deceiving.

Small in stature, well mannered and welcoming, the Ipswich Grammar School student appears anything but a fiercely competitive endurance swimmer or GPS athlete.

However, after winning the recent Queensland open water 10km title in his age group, Oliver dispelled that theory.

One of Ipswich's most exciting prospects showed he has the physical attributes and focus to go a long way in any sport he targets.

The 2010-11 QT-City of Ipswich monthly sportstar for March is a more than handy Aussie rules player who enjoys umpiring football matches.

He also finished third in the under-13 1500m as IGS completed another GPS title success at QE2.

Oliver's latest swimming success at Kawana Waters showcased the many qualities that have astute people like Olympian Greg Fasala excited.

The year 8 student won the state title at his first attempt, surviving the longer journey amid a sea of elbows, legs and arms.

"He's a special kid," Fasala said.

"He's actually in a good position now. He's still quite young at 13. He's just got a great engine."

 



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