READY TO SWIM: (Front, from left) Jacinta Saunders, Katelynn Poole, Joel Kiley, Liam Byrnes, (back) Maddy Creed, Reilly King, Nicole Rush, Mikhaela Webb and Joshua Beckey are ready for today’s swimming carnival.
READY TO SWIM: (Front, from left) Jacinta Saunders, Katelynn Poole, Joel Kiley, Liam Byrnes, (back) Maddy Creed, Reilly King, Nicole Rush, Mikhaela Webb and Joshua Beckey are ready for today’s swimming carnival. Mike Nolan

Swimmers racing for class glory

AS STUDENTS for Warwick State High School get ready for today's swimming carnival the school's special education students have rediscovered their competitive spirit and are planning to hold their own races.

If successful it will be the first time in three years the special ed students have competed for personal glory and house pride.Their teacher Deb Follett said the school was hoping to hold two races.

"It will be their version of freestyle. Some of the students will kick their way up the pool with the help of a swimming aid or a noodle," Mrs Follett said.

The race will mark the high point for the burgeoning special education swimming class that has been meeting every Wednesday at WIRAC since September.

WIRAC applied for a government grant with the money spent on employing a trainer to help teach the students water safety and basic swimming strokes.

"It's all about making the students safe around water," Mrs Follet said.

The WIRAC aquatic co-ordinator Karen Peters donated swimming caps and goggles for the students to use during their lessons.

The competition is set to be fierce with Year 9 student Jacinta Saunders saying on Wednesday night she dreamt that she won the race.

"I've been practising in our pool at home and I'm not scared to compete against the older kids," Jacinta said.

Despite her confidence, Jacinta's fellow classmates Katelynn Poole, Joel Kiley and Mikhaela Webb all say they're in with a chance.



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