Stars of pool are a success
THE Gympie Gold Fins Swimming Club has been determined to see out the season with a run of winning form.
And the club hasn’t fallen into complacency with the season nearing its end, judging by the results of 11 of the club’s swimmers at the recent Wide Bay Regional Championships.
The regionals were hosted by Bundaberg in early March and flying the flag for the Gold Fins were Daniel Allen, Olivia Carlson, Anna Cartwright, Katie Connolly, Lucy Connolly, Samantha Cumner, Elise Forward, Scott Gear, Mason Mahlstedt, Kiara Pergallini and Ellen Wheller.
Gold Fins racing carnival secretary Cherie Carlson said the Gympie swimmers put in a commendable effort.
“All swimmers swam personal best times,” she said.
Finalists included Allen, Katie Connolly, Gear, Mahlstedt and Wheller.
Going a step further included medallists Allen, Katie Connolly, Gear and Wheeler.
Carlson said the carnival was an important milestone for a number of swimmers taking part for the first time, earning crucial experience competing outside weekly club meets.
These swimmers included Olivia Carlson, Anna Cartwright, Elise Forward, Kiara Pergallini and Samantha Cumner.
“It’s important for these swimmers to have that first experience at carnivals like these because it helps them with their confidence,” Cherie Carlson said.
Competition throughout the Wide Bay region has been particularly fierce this year, meaning the Gympie swimmers have been kept on their toes in the training pool, seeking to gain that little extra speed to hit the wall ahead of their rivals.
At the helm of it all has been swimming coach Liz Manthey, who has been putting the swimmers through their paces at the Gympie Memorial Swimming Pool.
Although requiring plenty of sacrifice, the group of Gympie swimmers have shown what hard work can produce.