Athletes across the region keen to make a splash
HUNDREDS of competitive swimmers will descend on the Biloela Aquatic Centre this weekend for the Biloela Aquaculture Preparation Meet.
This long course meet is pencilled in on a lot of calendars as it's a qualifying event for the Queensland Championships held down in Brisbane in December.
Vicki Fowler from the Biloela Swimming Club said there were 220 nominated swimmers, including 40 from Biloela which was well up on previous years.
"At the moment we have 220 athletes nominated and they come as far south as Wide Bay, Mackay to the north and Barcaldine to the west and Central Queensland in between," Fowler said.
"We haven't had that many swimmers for quite some years.
"Last year we had around 200 and previous years down around that 140 mark."
Fowler also said that, given nominations for Queensland Championships close in the next couple of weeks, it was a really important meet for those swimmers chasing times to qualify.
"We have categories ranging from U7 right through to Open Ages," Fowler said.
"Being a preparation meet means we have the 1500m and 800m as well so we cover all distances."
The action kicks-off at 5.30pm on November 1, with the distance categories with races in the 1500m, 800m, 400m and 100m events.
Nominations for swimmers closed this week but the Biloela Swimming Club welcomes all spectators across the weekend with a canteen operating.
Entry is $4.