The Galston Swim Club recently took a team of 10 talented young swimmers to Brisbane to compete at the 2017 Australian Age Championships. Held over a gruelling 6 days of competition, the National Championships pit the top swimmers from over 300 clubs across Australia and, this year, 13 other countries, against one another.
This year’s team, which was triple the size that went to last year’s nationals, competed in 13 individual events and 2 club relays. The team put in an extremely credible performance, punching well above its weight, with 5 top 15 results and 12 personal best times (PBs). Our relay teams also performed well, improving both their overall times and national rankings.
Special mention to Laura Boll who came 6th in the 15 year old girls 100m Backstroke final in a sizzling time of 1.05.57, a 1.27 second PB. Other top 15 performances included:
-Sam Loria, 11th in the 14 y boys 50m Free,
– Jack Charlton, 13th in the 16 y boys 100m Breast and 14th in the 200m Breast, and
– Jye McLachlan, 15th in the 13 y boys 200m Breast with a huge 4 second PB.
Congratulations to all these swimmers. To be ranked in the top 15 swimmers in Australia is a remarkable achievement. Congratulations also to the other team members; Olivia Charlton, Jarrod Dearden, Nick Godbille, Hunter and Morgan McEnnally and Daniel Steer. Competing at the highest level is no easy task and is to be commended.
The team’s excellent results are not only testament to the hard work and commitment of the swimmers but also our esteemed head coach, Stacy Harding. Special thanks also go to our many sponsors, the committee – for their hard work and to the many parents who provide such wonderful support.
The Galston Swim Club is a vibrant, family oriented and growing club. If you would like your children to get involved, either to compete or just share in the fun and great camaraderie, please contact Nicole McLachlan at [email protected].