Gold Fins swim their way into winning form at carnival
GYMPIE Gold Fins' biggest home event of the year saw our best local swimmers achieve personal best times and even qualify for state carnivals.
Among the success stories was new club member Joseph Millgate, who won his first medal at the event.
Millgate, who joined Gold Fins this year, claimed bronze in the eight-years-old 50m backstroke.
Gold Fins swimming coach Elizabeth Manthey said she was impressed with the efforts put in by more than 30 members.
She said almost every child saw a personal best in at least one of their swimming events.
She also said there were quite a few medals won by Gympie's contingent, who were up against about 300 other competitors from around south-east Queensland.
She said this year's event was held a few weeks later than in the past, which gave the Gold Fins extra time to prepare.
The extra practice time was a welcome bonus for the swimmers.
Manthey said while numbers were slightly down on previous years, she was still impressed with the turn-out for Gympie's biggest annual swimming carnival and she had seen the decline in numbers at a few events around south-east Queensland.
The event is one of a few short-course sprint events in the region, so many out-of-town swimmers make use of the event.
This year's Gold Rush Sprint meet also introduced timed finals where winners were determined during competitors' heats, which meant the swimmers didn't swim in finals.
Next on the agenda for Gold Fins is the state long course titles, to be held in Brisbane from December 15 to 21.
Swimmers Lucy Connolly and Anna Cartwright will both swim at the carnival.
The state sprint titles is the other event the Gold Fins have now set their focus on.
Manthey said the sprint titles would be held on February 1.