Gympie swimmer David Lee is keen to get stuck into the new season after recent success at a national level.
Gympie swimmer David Lee is keen to get stuck into the new season after recent success at a national level. Renee Pilcher

Swimmers off to flying start

A NEW season is approaching for the Gympie Gold Fins Swimming Club and already its swimmers are making waves.

Gold Fins swimmer David Lee returned from the Australian Short Course Championships at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre last month brimming with confidence after some outstanding efforts.

Lee, who is no stranger to performing at the big events, competed in multi-classification events.

Multi-classification is a new term, replacing multi-disability.

Lee’s results were:

50m freestyle (13th); 100m freestyle (9th, 1st reserve for final); 400m freestyle (6th in final); 50m backstroke (6th in final); 100m backstroke (9th, 1st reserve for final); 100m butterfly (11th); 200m individual medley (7th in final).

Lee swam six personal best times from nine swims.

The club is celebrating recognition from Swimming Australia following the release of award recipients in the Australian Junior Excellence Awards.

The awards, based on achievements from last season, have been handed to swimmers aged between nine and 13 achieving times set by Swimming Australia.

Gympie swimmers recognised: Daniel Allen – Bronze Award, Olivia Carlson – Bronze Award, Mason Mahlstedt – Bronze Award, Anna Cartwright – Green Award, Lucy Connolly – Green Award, Samantha Cumner – Green Award, Michaela Dodt – Green Award, Elise Forward – Green Award, Hayden Thefs – Green Award, Jordan Thefs – Green Award, Lachlan Tierney – Green Award, Ajay Toffoli – Green Award, Grace Vogler – Green Award.

Swimmers who received Swimming Australia Australian Youth Performance Squad awards: Katie Connolly – Bronze Award, Scott Gear – Silver Award, Drew Timbs – Silver Award.

These awards were given to swimmers aged between 13 and 18 for achieving time standards set by Swimming Australia.

Another boost in confidence ahead of a new season was the selection of four swimmers in Swimming Queensland athlete development squads. Katie Connolly was selected in the Queensland Junior Development Squad, Scott Gear and Drew Timbs in the Queensland Bronze Squad and David Lee in the Queensland Silver Multi-Class Squad.

The Gympie Gold Fins Swimming Club is holding two sign-ons for the coming season.

The first is Friday, August 20, between 3.30pm-5.30pm and the second is Friday, September 3, at the same time.

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