Montanna Casey, Josie Gitsham, Emma Hastings and Ashley Elliott at the Eidsvold swimming carnival.
Montanna Casey, Josie Gitsham, Emma Hastings and Ashley Elliott at the Eidsvold swimming carnival. Philippe Coquerand

Winners make a splash in Eidsvold

SWIMMING: Students were cheering on their mates at the annual Eidsvold swimming carnival on Tuesday with good participation levels.

The inter-school carnival is hosted alongside Abercorn State School and swimmers were vying for top prize, a gold medal.

Sports co-ordinator Ali Highet said the event was all about getting the kids in the water and having a good time.

"A lot of our kids aren't in swim classes or they don't do the extra training outside of school so we really want to give the opportunity to experience the competitive side and to let them have a go,” Highet said.

Highet said she was impressed with the school's results.

"I am really impressed, in the last race there we had top athletes who raced against each other and it was so close so it's been a good show,” she said.

Some of the divisions were quite competitive but the students never gave up.

"A lot of the kids are competitive against themselves, especially the ones in swim club or that like to do the outside club training, they're always trying to beat their personal best.”

The school doesn't do formal training for swimming but if kids want to swim, they can do swim club.

"We have some classes for HPE but there is a swim club at the pool that some attend,” she said.

It was Highet's biggest swimming carnival since moving to Eidsvold almost three years ago.

"I just moved to Australia a couple of years ago and I started teaching in Eidsvold and this is my first big swimming carnival. I've done life guarding and taught swimming my whole life,” she said.

"It's my second year running this event and it seems to be running nicely.”

Highet would like to thank everyone who helped prepare for the sports carnival.

"I'm very impressed with the turn out, all of the primary school attended, high school is always a bit low on numbers but we had more than last year which is awesome,” she said.


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