SWIM SPRINT: The Biloela Bluefins will be heading off to Blackwater for the CQ Sprint Championships next weekend.
SWIM SPRINT: The Biloela Bluefins will be heading off to Blackwater for the CQ Sprint Championships next weekend. Glen Porteous

Sprinting to swimming success

SWIMMING: The Biloela Bluefins will be taking off from the blocks at the 2019 Central Queensland Sprint Championships at the Blackwater Aquatic Centre next weekend.

The talented swimming squad was back in training this week to work hard on any excess Christmas cheer they might have indulged in over the festive season.

This is the first of many events for the squad to compete in with a busy schedule ahead of them for 2019.

Bluefins' head coach Tony Gilligan said the squad was looking forward to the swim meet and to see if they could bag some medals.

"There are some swimmers in with a chance to win medals but they are also looking at important self-improvement of breaking their personal best times,” Gilligan said.

"It's an important swim carnival for state qualifying and the competition calendar.

"These swimmers have a big workload ahead of them this season, not just with our club but they have school carnivals coming up.”

The Bluefins' training regime has picked its intensity for 2019.

"We have been timing the swimmers over each section of the pool length and doing drills of starts and finishes,” Gilligan said.

"Number of breaths, stroke counting, turns under water have all been worked on with the swimmers.”

Recently the members of the squad went to the 2018 McDonalds Queensland Championships in Brisbane.

The prestigious relay program featured several Biloela swimmers competing in under-16s and younger age divisions.

"The relay program would have been a great learning experience for the squad members and some of them beat their personal best times,” he said.

The Biloela Aquatic Centre will be hosting a short course meet in early February.


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