Brother steps up for state champs
Rising Bundaberg star Jessica Hobbin will not be racing in the upcoming Zoggs Queensland Championships, but her older brother Jake will be carrying Fairymead Swimming Club’s hopes at the event.
Hobbin will be one of Bundaberg’s best medal hopes when the region’s top swimmers travel to Brisbane this weekend after his sister withdrew from the event because of injury.
“Jake will be a real good shot at making the finals and hopefully bringing home a medal,” head coach Paul Simms said yesterday.
“He made the finals last year and came home with a medal so he’s been working to do one better this year.”
Hobbin, 15, will compete in the 100m and 200m backstroke in the state championships at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre next week.
His sister Jessica, who blitzed the Queensland Short Course Championships in September, will rest a shoulder injury she sustained last month.
Simms said the 13-year-old decided to rest her shoulder ahead of the Australian titles early next year.
“She would have been a pretty good chance to get a medal, but we decided we wouldn’t risk re-injuring it,” he said.
Though Hobbin’s absence will be felt, Bundaberg will be by no means understaffed at the state titles.
Simms will bring a contingent of at least eight potential medallists to the championships next week.
Ammon Lammi will hope to cap-off his stunning year with a strong finish in the 100-metre freestyle.
Lammi joined the Hobbin siblings in a recent trip to the New Zealand champions and returned with three gold and two silvers medals.
“The New Zealand champions are of a high quality, but this will be a big test for him,” Simms said.
Young stars Zac Swift, Jacob O’Shea, Kelsey Galloway, Jamie Duff and Kyle and Jeremy Rethemel will compete for Fairymead.
“A lot of them will be good chances of contesting medals,” Simms said.
Twelve-year-old Toni Beddie, from Bundaberg Across The Waves Swimming Club, has qualified for three events and will be competing in the 200m backstroke and the 100m freestyle.