Former Northern Tasmanian aquatic stars Burl Reid and Stephen Goudie have returned to Tasmania to take on the big names in swimming at the World Cup _ and it's already paying dividends.
Reid, 20, swam for the Northern Suburbs in Launceston and Goudie, 19, swam for Burnie from 1992 until 1995.
Reid, a former Scotch Oakburn College student, snatched second place in the 200m butterfly event in Sydney at the weekend in a personal best time of 1min. 57s.
``It was my best time untapered. I hadn't shaved and half a day or so before I eased up a bit because for the past few weeks, the training has been really hard. So to come out and do a second over my personal best, I feel stoked,'' he said.
Reid moved to Queensland with his family from Launceston three years ago and has been a member of the Australian Institute of Sport for one year.
Reid, who was a junior swimmer of the year for the Tasmanian Swimming Incorporated, has won dual gold medals at the Australian Age Championships in the 100m and 200m butterfly.
He has also gone on the Australian team Mare Nostrum tour of southern Europe. Goudie, who came seventh in the Sydney 50m freestyle in a time of 22.94s, said that it was good to be back in Tasmania.
The AIS swimmer, who won dual gold medals at the Australian Age Championships for the 50m and 100m events, has also travelled to China and Hong Kong this month and achieved a number of finals in the 100m freestyle, 100m individual medley and 200m freestyle. ``I also won a bronze medal with a swim of 49.04 for the Australian Open short course championships 100 m freestyle in Perth last year,'' he said.