James 'The Missile' Magnussen inspired Coffs Harbour's Next Gen.
James 'The Missile' Magnussen inspired Coffs Harbour's Next Gen. Getty Images Sport - Adam Pretty

A magnum moment with Magnussen

IT WAS a day to remember for these young swimmers when Australian champion James Magnussen made an appearance at the Coffs Harbour Aquatic Centre.

The 'Missile' was in town for the nextgen leader's forum and found some time to get back to his roots and talk to some local children.

Manager of the Coffs Aquatic Centre, Daniel Bannerman said that the visit by the Aussie hero was quick and rushed, but that he managed to give the kids some great tips.

"It was so good to have him there talking to some of the kids. They were absolutely wrapped with having a World Champion swimmer at the pool.

"I went to the Next Gen leader forum the other week and he was speaking at it, so I thought I would talk to him and get him down to have a chat with the kids. I think the Parents were more excited than the kids," Daniel said.

"He talked about growing up in Port (Macquarie) and working hard as an aspiring swimmer. It was good to hear him saying to the kids that if you put your mind to something, you can achieve so much more," he said.

"The guy not only has a swimming career to maintain, but also a professional one which is full of media commitments.

"At the same time he has to keep fit and eat properly".

Magnussen blitzed the field at this year's World Championships to claim a gold and silver and return on top of the world; however his next ambition would be qualifying for Rio 2016.