TALES OF victory in the courtroom turned to stories of conquests in the swimming pool at a recent lunch hosted by Queensland firm McInnes Wilson Lawyers.
Olympic swimmer Grant Hackett spoke about his achievements in and out of the water at the event, which was held at Customs House, Brisbane. The firm also took the opportunity to introduce its articled clerk, and up and coming Australian swimmer, Andrew Mewing.
Mewing finished second to Michael Klim in the 100 metre freestyle event at this year’s Telstra Trials. As a result he was selected for the Australian swimming team, Telstra Dolphins, for the FINA World Championships held in Montreal this year, where he was part of the teams that won Bronze in the 100 metre and 200 metre freestyle relays.
It was the second successive year that Mewing had been selected for the Australian team. He is currently training for the selection trials for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, which will be held in January.
Hackett entertained guests with tales of his remarkable year in the pool, which saw him win the 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 metre freestyle events at the Australian championships, held in Sydney in March. He became the fastest man to swim the 1,500 metre event on Australian soil with a time of 14.44.94 and broke Ian Thorpe’s 800 metre world record.