Pooling together in state titles
FRASER Coast youngsters have taken the plunge in the pursuit for medals in Brisbane this week.
Swimmers from Hervey Bay and Maryborough are contesting the annual Queensland Championships at Chandler.
Sixteen members of the Hervey Bay Swimming Club are in action and six have made a promising start.
Tessie White was one of them.
She was a member of the Wide Bay regional medley relay team that won bronze in the 9 -10 years final.
White swam the freestyle leg in the race.
Calum McIntosh, Noah Milne, Michael Wells, Todd Baldwin and Josiah Wells also won medals.
They combined to finish second in the medley relay after outswimming the more fancied Metropolitan teams.
They also represented the regional Wide Bay team for the medley and freestyle relays, finishing in the top 10.
Not a bad effort when you consider the state titles are now an international event.
Swimmers from throughout Australia are going head-to-head with those representing many other countries including China, New Zealand and Great Britain.
Hervey Bay Swimming Club junior coach Brent Milne said the Bay youngsters had started the titles really well.
“For our swimmers to win medals at this elite level is a massive result for not only Hervey Bay swimming but for swimmers from a regional area,” Milne said.
“They all performed exceptionally well.”
Several kids from Maryborough Aquatic Centre have also travelled to Brisbane to compete in the state titles, including Biggenden’s Sally Wheeler, who almost qualified for the Beijing Paralympic Games last year.
Swimming coach Adrian Williams is with the kids in Brisbane and said they had been enjoying the event and competing strongly so far.
Tim Heffernan made the final of the 200m backstroke this week while he was set to race in the final of the 100m backstroke last night.
Wheeler was also getting ready to race in the 100m butterfly last night. She came fourth in the final of the 100m freestyle earlier this week.