Gunnedah swimming speedster Josh Spinks has re-written the history books after breaking a 42-year club record at the Macksville Marlins Short Course carnival over the weekend. 

The 10-year-old broke four new records in total, including the 100m freestyle that was set by Murray Blythe on September 28, 1980. 

Josh stormed up the pool to stop the clock at 1:10.17 – breaking Blythe’s long-standing record time of 1:10.32. 

He also shattered three of Jacob Smith’s records in the 10 years boys 50m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley, and broke three of his own records in the 200m butterfly and 50m and 200m breaststroke.

After returning from the PSSA Championships in Sydney recently where he made the top 10 in three state finals, Josh was in fine form in Macksville – winning 15 gold from 15 races. 

He clocked huge personal best times including a 35.95 second improvement in the 400m Individual Medley and trimmed more than 17 seconds off his best in the 200m butterfly. 

He also smashed his 200m breaststroke personal best time by more than 12 seconds. 

The gruelling 400IM was Josh’s last race of the day and a fight-to-the-finish race to add a final gold to his big medal haul. 

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