CQ State event makes a big splash
A RECORD number of swimmers filled the lanes at the Biloela Swimming Club for the Biloela Aqua Culture Preparation Meet on November 1-2.
Anna Kurtz from the Biloela Swimming Club said 252 swimmers, from as far as Longreach, Gladstone, Rockhampton and a whole lot of places in between, competed across the weekend.
Swimmers competed to attain qualifying times for the State Championship events in December and February in Brisbane.
“It’s the biggest number by far we’ve ever had compete at this meet,” Kurtz said.
“Six Biloela swimmers attained qualifying times for their first or additional events for the Queensland State Sprints being held in February.
“I don’t think there was one child from Biloela that did not get a PB.
“We also had two runner-up Age Champions from Biloela.”
Kurtz said the record numbers meant proceedings felt a little behind schedule on Friday night and Saturday, however there were plenty of highlights for spectators to enjoy.
“We even had a three-year-old swim and her mum didn’t have to push her along this time,” Kurtz said.
“Another highlight was we had a young boy jump from a swim in the 25m pool straight to the 50m to compete because he was so eager to swim a long course meet.
“We had lots of younger swimmers this year too, which goes against the normal trend in Biloela.
“This seems to be the trend across Central Queensland clubs with the much younger generations starting to fill the ranks.”
The meet also gave an opportunity for club refs to train and hone their skills for future events across the busy swimming season ahead.
“The following schools will also have their swimming carnivals here with St Joseph's having theirs today, Biloela State School November 11, Redeemer November 14 and Thangool November 15,” Kurtz said.
“There is also the Moore Stephens Inter-School carnival on November 27, with schools from Biloela, Jambin, Moura, Banana and Thangool competing.
“We’re also in the process now for expressions of interest for relay team members to compete at the State Relay Championships in Brisbane in December.”
Kurtz would like to send a special thanks to our volunteers who stepped up across the weekend.