SWIMMING FOR GOLD: Kaiden Ratcliff and Connor Cherry at the Biggenden/Gayndah Open Swim Sprint Meet. Credit: Kathy Ratcliff.
SWIMMING FOR GOLD: Kaiden Ratcliff and Connor Cherry at the Biggenden/Gayndah Open Swim Sprint Meet. Credit: Kathy Ratcliff.

GALLERY: Junior swimmers vie for aquatic glory

JUNIOR swimmers have battled it out in the pool in a manic sprint carnival to see who is the fastest in the region.

Held at the Gayndah Swimming Pool on November 9, 11 swimming clubs attended the Open Swim Sprint Meet, all vying for aquatic glory.

The clubs included Coolum, Peregian, Cooroy, Biggenden, Fairymead, Fraser Coast, Gayndah, Hervey Bay, Kilkivan, Mundubbera and Pelican Waters.

Over 90 swimmers competed in a mammoth 84 events overall.

Secretary of Biggenden Swimming Club Kathy Ratcliff said both swim clubs wanted to hold the event for one particular reason.

“We held it in the hope of bringing back swimming carnivals to the North Burnett District,” Mrs Ratcliff said.

“This is due to the fact we haven’t had any in recent years.”

The day ran smoothly, and all visiting clubs expressed how they were happy to attend and hope there will be more to follow.

Following this carnival, Biggenden will be hosting a swimming development meet in January 2020.

“Thanks to all our wonderful local sponsors from Gayndah who supported the carnival, their support for the day was more than they know,” Mrs Ratcliff said.

RESULTS

Biggenden

• Connor Cherry – Bronze for 50m Backstroke, Butterfly and Breaststroke - 14-year-old boys

  • Kaiden Ratcliff – Silver for 50m Freestyle. Bronze 50m Breaststroke, Butterfly and Backstroke - 13-year-old boys.
  • Sharlie Loader – Who swam personal bests - 11-Year-old girls.

Gayndah

•Abigail Driver – Silver – for 50m Freestyle - 13-year-old girls

  • Sophie Doyle – Gold for 50m Butterfly and Breaststroke. Silver for Freestyle and Backstroke - 14-year-old girls.
  • Nathan Banks – Bronze for 50m Butterfly, Freestyle and Backstroke - 11-year-old boys.
  • Matilda Doyle – Who swam personal bests - 9-year-old girls.
  • Zoe Hoskinson – Who swam personal bests - 11-year-old girls.

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