Big things tipped from swim team
SWIMMING: Fairymead club coach Paul Simms is expecting some strong performances from his team of 13 over the next seven days in the Queensland Swimming Championships at Chandler.
Four sets of siblings will wear the club’s colours – Jake and Jessica Hobbin, who will make their last appearances in the green and gold before moving to Gold Coast, Brooke and Stephanie Hailey, Ammon and Jordan-Ann Lammi, and Jeremy and Kyle Rethamel.
Susan Bass, Charles Cox, Zoe Reinke, Bonnie Stehbens and Natasha Walden complete the team.
Simms said they had all trained hard for the biggest event on the Queensland swimming calendar, and he believes a number of them will be in the thick of things when competition starts tomorrow.
“But without putting pressure on little Retho (Kyle Rethamel), he is possibly our best medal chance in butterfly,” Simms said.
“He should be in the final of the (13 years) 100 but I would love to think he can get some sort of medal in the 200. There would have to be three really good guys to put him out of a medal in it.
“The times he is going, I think it is a matter of handling the situation once he’s up on the blocks. But for all that, he doesn’t want to leave his best swims in Anzac Pool, and he has to make sure his best is at Chandler.
“Kyle got bronze in 200 fly last year and he has said he would love to improve on that.
“I would also like to think his brother (Jeremy) can final in the (15 years) 100 and 200 back. Medals would be something else but on his swims in New Zealand (nationals in September), if you’ve got a lane in the final, you’ve got a weapon.”
Simms said the club made a farewell presentation to the Hobbin siblings yesterday. He said they would be missed, along with their father Rod, who is a former club president and long-serving and hard-working committee member.
He was hopeful they might be able to sign off with a medal.
“Jess’s age group (14 years) is extremely competitive and a lot of girls will swim fast,” Simms said.
“In the 100 free, she will have to swim out of her skin to make it, but I would be disappointed if she did not final in 100 fly, 100 back and 200 medley. Jake is also always up there too.
“Zoe (Reinke) is an outside chance of medals in 14 years 400 freestyle and maybe 200.
“Of the first timers at state level, Bonnie Stehbens (14 years) has to come outside her comfort zone in the surf and experience competition at top level in the pool.
“The one who has really come from nowhere is (11-year-old) Charlie Cox. Eighteen months ago he was paddling up and down the pool in Level 6, but he has just trained so hard and come on in leaps and bounds.
“He is such a determined little guy that his entry times from the City of Charm Carnival would put him in the top 10, and I think he can improve those times. Even a little improvement will put him higher than top 10 and who knows, he might pull out something special.”
The meet will start with relays tomorrow, with individual events starting on Sunday.