Gympie Gold Fins Swimming Club member Anna Cartwright is looking forward to next weekend’s Gold Rush Sprint Carnival.
Gympie Gold Fins Swimming Club member Anna Cartwright is looking forward to next weekend’s Gold Rush Sprint Carnival. Renee Pilcher

Swimmers to hunt for gold

GYMPIE swimmers are primed ahead of the Gympie Golf Fins Swimming Club’s annual Golf Rush Sprint Carnival next weekend.

The short course carnival takes place on November 27, attracting swimmers from as far away as Rockhampton and Brisbane.

Gympie Golf Fins Swimming Club race and carnival secretary Cherie Carlson said numbers would exceed the 300 mark, although they were down slightly on last year.

“We had bad storms last year and the temperature hit 39 degrees, so maybe that has put some people off,” she said.

Carlson said many swimmers saw the event as an opportunity to secure qualifying times for nationals over shorter distances.

“There are not many opportunities for swimmers to set times over the short distances, so that’s why we see a lot of swimmers coming all the way from Rockhampton,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Gympie club will be strongly represented at its own event, fielding a team of 38 swimmers.

“We’re really happy with that number,” Carlson said.

For a number of the swimmers diving into their home pool, it will be their first competitive meet since joining the club this season.

A major highlight of the day is the popular dash for cash feature.

The top seven swimmers in each division face off in a frantic race to win cash prizes.

This year, local businesses have jumped on board to pledge their support.

The Gold Rush Sprint Carnival starts an hour earlier this year at 8am to beat the heat and is expected to wrap up around 4pm. The dash for cash races are scheduled to take place around 12 midday.

Carlson invited the Gympie public to come and fill the stands and cheer on local swimmers taking on some of the best talent Queensland has to offer.

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