Bundaberg duo kick on towards strong future

Bundaberg duo kick on towards strong future

By Zane Jackson

FOR Matthew Haimes and Brooke Carter, the long hours in the pool are starting to pay off.

Both backstrokers have been named in the Fisher and Paykel Development Squad, which they hope will be a platform to bigger and better things.

Matthew Haimes, 16, said he was excited about being chosen for the squad.

"It's good - you get to go to camps, go away to compete, that sort of thing," Haimes said.

For Carter, 14, the selection came as a surprise.

"It was a shock to me because I wasn't swimming well at the time, but did get a second place at the state long course meet," Carter said."

Both were chosen on the merit of their previous performances.

Haimes took home a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke at the Queensland long course event, while Carter won two golds at the National Schools Carnival.

The two swimmers are starting to reap the benefits of a tough training schedule, which includes doing two hour training sessions up to eight times a week.

Coach Paul Simms is thrilled his pair have gained selection.

"We are really putting Bundaberg on the map with our swimming," Simms said.

"Our swimmers scored four golds at the secondary school championships, and now this.

"We are getting good recognition from the state officials."

Simms hopes the selection will encourage the pair to keep up with the demanding training.

"With these guys here, there are a million other things they could be doing with their time at their age," he said "This is a reward to say keep going, to show them that there is light at the end of the tunnel."

The coach noted the contrasting styles of the pair.

"With Matt, he is technically great, his stroke is perfect," Simms said.

"He's built like a greyhound, but he would push anyone in the state.

"With Brooke, you have a lot more strength, more of that explosive power."

Both swimmers have drawn inspiration from their swimming idols to reach their goals.

"I admire everyone on the Australian swimming team, but Matt Welsh inspires me the most, he's a great backstroker," Haimes said.

"I really enjoy the way Libby Lenton goes about her swimming - I admire her and look to her for inspiration," Carter added.



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