9 February, 2024

Kilcoy swimmers star at Kingaroy

Ten competitors from the Kilcoy Swimming Club achieved an impressive collection of medals, while two of the swimmers were age champions at the Kingaroy Swimming Club’s long course Transition Meet on January 19.

By Liam Hauser

Hudson G, James P and Oliver G.
Hudson G, James P and Oliver G.

Ranging from 5 to 13 years of age, the Kilcoy contingent was among about 100 swimmers as clubs included Biggenden, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Kingaroy, Mundubbera and Wondai.

All strokes were swum in the 25m and 50m distances, while there was also 100m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and 200m freestyle.

Kilcoy’s youngest competitor, Charlie G, claimed a fifth placing and two sixth placings, while also achieving a personal best (PB) in the 5-year boys division.

In the 6-year boys division, Charlie P gained a second placing and a fourth placing.

Cole P and Hugo G competed in the 7-year boys division, with Cole gaining three firsts, a second and a PB, while Hugo had a first and two thirds.

Additionally, the swimmers aged 7 and under received a certificate of participation and a personalised towel with their names embroidered.

Sam P was the 8-year boys age champion, with two golds, one silver and one PB, while Fletcher G picked up three silver medals in the 9-year boys division.

James P earned two PBs, two golds and a silver, in addition to a fourth placing in the 10-year boys division, while Kilcoy had two standouts in the next grade.

Oliver G was the 11-year boys age champion with four golds and two PBs, while Hudson G gained three PBs, in addition to one silver medal, three bronzes and two fourth placings.

In the 13-year boys division, Drew P claimed three gold medals and a PB.

A spokesperson from Kilcoy Swimming Club said it was a great day for the club and for the boys to participate on behalf of their club, while also swimming for themselves by achieving PBs, medals and age championships.

“Even though it was a very warm day, the day ran smoothly,” the spokesperson said.

“Kingaroy Swimming Club did a brilliant job hosting their first meet, and we look forward to attending again.”

With Kilcoy Swimming Club having more than 50 swimmers overall, and nearly 20 who take part in competitions, the spokesperson said the Monday club nights were “growing and getting busy but still (a) great family night out”.

“Even though swimming is an individual sport, it’s great to see our children coming together as a team, supporting each other at meets and achieving PBs/ placings,” the spokesperson said.

“Also our swimmers are building friendships with other swimmers they compete against at other outside meets."

Fletcher G, Drew P, and Sam P.
Fletcher G, Drew P, and Sam P.

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