Club produces swimming sensations
SWIMMING: Fairymead Swimming Club coach Paul Simms believes the club's two individual medallists at last week's Queensland championships, Kyle Rethamel and Charlie Cox, have all the ingredients to go on to bigger and better things.
Rethamel claimed bronze in the boys' 13 years 100m butterfly, before grabbing a glorious gold in his best event, 200m butterfly, after settling for bronze at last year's championships.
Cox, who has come from nowhere on the state scene this season, picked up bronze in the boys' 11 years 100m butterfly.
“Retho (Rethamel) is a little nugget. You have got to be tough to swim 200 fly and he is certainly that. He has always been a good age-group swimmer, particularly at local region carnivals, but he has gone to another level now,” Simms said. “The guy who won the nationals in the event last season will swim again at this season's Australian championships in Adelaide and he will swim around 2:18. Kyle should make the final and be top four, but whether he wins or medals, we'll have to wait and see.”
However, such is Rethamel's continuing improvement and work rate, Simms said he could go all the way to the top, particularly in his specialty event.
“Kyle has got all the right attributes – he doesn't miss a session and he does everything right. He returned to Bundaberg after a week of competition so he could do surf patrols for five hours the next day,” he said.
“He hasn't started growing yet but his biggest asset is his work ethic. I would like to think that he could be the next Jono Sieben for us.”
Rethamel said he wasn't expecting gold but he was delighted to break through for his first state title at his third age championships, after also competing for the same time in the schools state carnivals.
“I was extremely happy. I guess all the hard training is starting to pay off. I had always been up there but I'm catching up with them now, and it was all worth it when I got the medal,” Rethamel said.
Despite also been a strong surf sports competitor, the St Luke's Anglican School student said swimming was his favourite sport, and he has his sights set on his first national individual medal.
“I got two silvers in relays in my first year of primary school (nationals), but I don't really know what to expect this year,” he said.
“Last year, as a 12-year-old versus the 13-year-olds, I came something like 31st, but I was fifth of the 12-year-olds, so with the improvement I have made I might be able to be right up there.”
Apart from his solo bronze at his first state championships, Cox also shared in a gold medal as a member of the Wide Bay regional freestyle relay team and another bronze in the regional medley relay.
Also a talented all-rounder, Cox, 11, said he decided to focus on swimming in April. Simms said he thrived on hard work and just kept going from strength to strength.
Cox, also of St Luke's, said he was too young to contest this season's Australian age championships, but he would continue to put in the hard yards and he hoped to gain a place in the Queensland team for the 2011 schools nationals.