Pupils in swim for state glory
STANDING on the podium three times, Abbey Pout made her mark on the Queensland stage this week and now her sights are set on the Nationals.
Three elite Warwick West State School pupils dressed in red, blue and white to represent the Darling Downs swimming squad at the Queensland Primary School Swimming Championships this week.
Year 7 pupil Abbey, along with Bronte Collins (Year 6) and Kelsey Hoger (Year 5), travelled to the big smoke to compete with the best in the state from Sunday to Tuesday.
However, Abbey not only wore the red, blue and white of Darling Downs, she captained the squad for the first time.
Mum Aleasha said it was the first time Abbey had captained anything, let alone the Darling Downs team, in her life, but loved the experience.
Abbey, who has Olympic gold ambitions, placed first in 100m breaststroke, second in 50m breaststroke and third in the medley relay where she will now face the best in the country at Brisbane in early June.
“I was really excited. I wasn’t expecting it. I did a personal best in the 100 metres with 1:21.23,” Abbey said.
She swims every day, is a member of the Allora Swimming Club and trains along with Bronte and Kelsey with Clifton coach Andrew Fidge.
Bronte competed in the 50m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. She made a personal best for butterfly and her favourite event – freestyle – placing 14th.
Kelsey competed in the 50m freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. She clocked a personal best for backstroke – her favourite event.