Eight in the fast lane
FAIRYMEAD club coach Scott Hamlet is expecting big things of the eight members who will contest the Queensland Primary Schools Swimming Championships which start tomorrow.
The best primary schools swimmers from throughout the state will line up at Chandler Pool, and for many of them it will be their first time competing at this level.
But Hamlet said St Luke’s Anglican School trio Charles Cox, Sabina Murchie and Julia Baren, Indy Burt (Walkervale), Connor Simms (St Mary’s), William Wood (Norville), Tailah O’Shea (St Patrick), and Alysse Schweizer, a Childers distance education student, were all very talented.
They were chosen in the Wide Bay team after submitting their recorded times.
Cox is the best-performed swimmer of the contingent at the end of an outstanding season in which he has achieved medals at the Swimming Queensland state championships in December.
He also notched three records on the way to taking out the boys 11 years age title at the recent Wide Bay Long Course Championships
“Charlie will be a strong chance at a gold medal, going on his form, especially in the 100m butterfly – he was third at the state titles and he beat the kid who won that event at the Wide Bay Meet at Kawana,” Hamlet said.
“Indy also won his 9 years age championship at Wide Bay and is ranked top four in the state for 50m backstroke.
“These championships are the only chance for primary school kids to represent Queensland – they are too young for the age nationals and this will be the pinnacle of their swimming for the year, and Charlie, for one, is a big chance of selection.”
Wood is a son of Olympic bronze medallist Michelle Pearson, while Simms’ father Paul is Fairymead’s universally respected senior squad coach, and Hamlet expects some good clash between them and Burt, who are all in the 10 years age group.
Baren and O’Shea will also make their state championship debuts.
“But all eight train hard every day and are a chance of making finals, and if you make finals anything can happen, but the main focus of this carnival is doing PB times,” Hamlet said.
The meeting will run through until Saturday.