Going for gold not always the goal for rising swim stars
SWIMMING: Gold wasn’t all that was on Allora swimmers minds when they competed at the Dalby Swimming Carnival on Sunday.
PBs were the highlight of the carnival, with almost all of the clubs competitors swimming their best times.
It has been a long period of growth for the small club, that considered folding two years ago.
“Our numbers were down to 16 kids across five families,” club secretary Donna-Maree Willett said.
“We wanted the pool to be a hub in the community and for the kids to be proud to swim for the area.
“Our numbers have grown significantly over that time, we’re now up to about 46 swimmers and the numbers are still growing.”
Swimmer’s results at last weekend’s carnival were encouraging for the club.
“Most of our swimmers medalled and placed on the weekend at the carnival in Dalby, which was really great to see,” Willett said.
“Almost all of them swam personal best times as well, which is an even greater accomplishment.”
Bailey Harm was the club’s most successful swimmer, taking home Age Champion in the 11-year-old boys.
Despite it being the beginning of the 2019/2020 swimming season, Willett said the competition is already heating up.
“It’s really great to see that the sport is alive and well not only at our club now but in the entire region,” she said.
“There are opportunities for the kids to compete almost every weekend throughout the region.
“This weekend there are carnivals in Inglewood and Gatton that we’re sending swimmers to.”
Involvement in the club continues to grow as swimmers look to future meets.
“Our pool in Allora has gone from being a stale place to a hub, and kids are actually running off the school bus to get into the water,” she said.
“We’re building towards our own carnival at the start of December, which we weren’t able to hold last year because our numbers were so low.”