Chiefs enjoy a record breaking start to swim season
WITH just weeks of training under their belts, Charleville’s keen swimmers have jumped back into the season in a big way, recording some impressive times at the Roma open carnival over the weekend.
Out of 10 young swimmers who travelled to the competition, nearly all recorded personal-best times, and a handful went a step further, qualifying for an upcoming Queensland meet.
“We have only been training for a month or so, and most of the kids did PBs and times they were doing at the end of last season,” coach Michael Winton said.
“I was pretty proud of them, they did really well and I’ve got three kids – Sam Brooks, Lucy Walker and Tom Hiscock – who qualified for the State Sprint Titles this February.
“They have all done reasonably well, and a lot of the kids themselves and the parents were also really happy with how they swam.”
The club had a delayed start to the swimming season this year as it waited for their home pool to be repaired, but the motivated young swimmers showed they were unaffected by the reduction in training time.
While the three athletes are getting set for the state titles, to be held in Brisbane from February 15-16, most of Charleville’s swimmers are looking forward to their next local carnival, where they will enjoy competing at the local pool.
“We have the Chiefs’ home carnival on November 23,” Winton said.
“We are hoping to have a few more kids who will swim well and qualify – we are looking forward to seeing how they apply what they have taken out of the Roma carnival, which a lot of them said they really took a lot from.
“Hopefully they will put it together and swim fast in their own pool.
“It will be an open competition, so any clubs who are able to come along are more than welcome.
“All they have to do is nominate the kids and away they go.”
Nominations for the Charleville carnival can be made online at swimcentral.swimming.org.au, and close this Sunday, November 17.