Swimmers rule: Four Fairymead juniors medal in NZ

SWIMMERS RETURN: Julia Baren, Caleb Spark, Connor Simms, Jordan Smith, Joshua Finnis and Paris Bell (back). Macson Cottle, Indy Burt and Hayley Perry (front).
SWIMMERS RETURN: Julia Baren, Caleb Spark, Connor Simms, Jordan Smith, Joshua Finnis and Paris Bell (back). Macson Cottle, Indy Burt and Hayley Perry (front). Mike Knott BUN171016SWIM1

SWIMMING: After dominating pools around Australia, Fairymead is now doing the same to pools from across the ditch.

Competing at the recent New Zealand Short Course championships, nine swimmers participated with four gaining medals at the event.

This included Jordan Smith who was the star of the meet.

The 13-year-old won six medals including four gold in the 50m, 100m, 200m, and 400m freestyle events.

"I'm very happy with my swims,” he said.

"The next two months for me I'll work on what I did wrong (in New Zealand) and improve on my strokes for the states.”

Not to be outdone both Connor Simms and Julia Baren overcame adversity to both win silver medals.

Winning the medal in the 100m freestyle in the 15-year-old age group, Simms said it turned around a disappointing meet after being disqualified in the 200m freestyle.

"I just brushed it all off and the best I could in the 100m and got a PB and a silver medal.”

For Baren, 15, she fought off illness to win silver in the 200m butterfly.

"I knew there was not a lot of fitness there so I had to be tough mentally,” she said.

"Last year I got fourth and I had a tiger in my belly to get a medal.”

Finally Macson Cottle, 14, won two bronze medals and a silver and said he was pleased to beat his personal best times again.

Paying tribute to all medallists, coach Paul Simms said his first time swimmers at the meet were outstanding as well with Paris Bell winning swimmer of the meet at her first international event.

The swimmers will now prepare for the local City of Charm on November 18.

Topics:  fairymead swimming club new zealand short course champs queensland state championships swimming

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