In October our swimmers competed in the Brisbane and Queensland Open Water Championships. We had 14 swimmers compete in the Brisbane Championships where Ciara Stewart won the 1.25km 10 years girls, Kai Watson was 2nd in 2.5km 12 years boys, Nick Garozzo was 2nd in 10km 18 years boys, Kristen Wallace was 2nd in 5km 17 years girls, Brandon Walton was 2nd in the 2.5km 13 boys, Kyle Wallace was 3rd in the 5km 15 years boys and we had five other top ten placings. We had nine swimmers go on to compete in the State Championships where Ciara Stewart was 2nd in the 1.25km 10 years girls, Elise Howard was 2nd in 1.25km 13 years girls, Kia Watson was 3rd in the 5km 12 years and three more swimmers finished in the top ten. From these championships we had five swimmers qualify to compete at the National Championships being held at the Sunshine Coast in February 2016.
At the end of November we held a Development meet for swimmers who were not qualified to swim at the upcoming State Championships. We had 186 swimmers from 21 clubs compete in 733 individual events. These meets provide a fun and competitive environment for all the swimmers as well as providing some much needed fundraising for the club.
December is when the State Championships are held over the week 12th to 18th. The hard work by the coaches and swimmers was evident with the club achieving its best results of the past 5 years. We had 17 swimmers compete in 67 events where they made 21 finals from which they picked up five medals.
The championships start on the Saturday with club relays where our teams all performed well and our 12yrs boys won a bronze medal. The first night of competition we had five individual finalists which encouraged lots of the club members to come out and support the swimmers which they then did for the rest of the week. Our medallists were Kai Watson (12) Gold 800m Freestyle, Silver 200m Freestyle and Bronze 400m Freestyle. Dominic Dunstan (12) Bronze 200m Breaststroke and Jessica Black (13) Bronze 100m Breaststroke.
The Sprint season will be the focus for most of the swimmers in the New Year.
Andrew Speedie – Race Secretary