Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

GAMES ARE ON HORIZON; Bundy Junior Could Be at the Olympic Games in 2020

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

GAMES ARE ON HORIZON; Bundy Junior Could Be at the Olympic Games in 2020

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Byline: Shane Jones shane.jones@news-mail.com.au

SWIMMING: If all goes to plan Bundaberg's Murray MacPherson could be off to the Tokyo Olympics in less than two years time.

But he won't be representing the green and gold, instead he'll be competing for another country and making history along the way.

MacPherson, through his father, qualifies to compete for the small African nation of Malawi.

He also lived there as a child before moving to Australia and came from the same place that the famous Campbell sisters were born.

The 16-year-old recently represented the country at the youth Olympics in Argentina, competing in the 50m and 800m freestyle.

But while he finished last in the 800m and 42nd in the 50m, the results mattered in another way.

The St Luke's Anglican School student was able to break the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m Malawi record with the performance.

"It was very interesting and different, just seeing how things work at the higher level," he said.

"I'm rather lucky in that sense that I can do things very few people can do (by representing a country).

"It's interesting and a nice way to see a few places."

MacPherson was able to compete through rules set in place by the International Olympic Committee and the peak body for swimming.

"As a result, because they are so poor, they get assisted to do anything," he said.

"Malawi is in the bottom nations so they can send two swimmers."

Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world currently and is also in the bottom 15 of life expectancy among nations. …

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