Early season winners at Beaudesert swimming club

WINNERS: Children from Beaudesert Swimming Club proudly display their medals at the annual Woodenbong swim meet. Photo: Supplied
WINNERS: Children from Beaudesert Swimming Club proudly display their medals at the annual Woodenbong swim meet. Photo: Supplied

THE swim season has only just started but the Beaudesert Swimming Club is already on a winning streak after participating in the annual Woodenbong swim meet on November 5.

Beaudesert swim coach Lisa Parlett said 24 junior swimmers aged five to 14 attended the event.

“There were 10 clubs at the swim meet but I think we were the largest group there,” she said.

“The kids did really well, most placed and got medals.

“All of them had personal bests in at least one event and some swam in five events.”

Ms Parlett said the season had begun in September and Beaudesert Swimming Pool offered members up to nine training sessions per week. 

“The seniors travelled to Browns Plains two afternoons a week for training during winter,” she said.

“The kids had a ball at Woodenbong, they loved it and some really improved dramatically in terms of technique as well as times.

“Some of the our swimmers will represent Beaudesert Swimming Club at the Regional Relays on the Gold Coast on November 25.”

She said the club was currently contesting the Scenic Rim Shield, a tri-club competition between Boonah, Canungra and Beaudesert.

“We had the first one at Boonah on October 28 and we were the overall winners on the night,” she said.

“We will be hosting the second one here in Beaudesert on December 3 so we’re looking forward to that.

“The final meet will be at Canungra in February.”

Ms Parlett said there were more than 140 registered members at Beaudesert Swimming Club so they were hoping to send at least 20 to the Queensland state titles in February.

“Not all our members are competetive but we do have 30 to 40 who are and some have qualified already,” she said.

“This year we sent about 16 kids off to states and we think a few more will qualify for state level next year.”

She said those children who did compete were committed, and often trained from 5.30am until 7.15am and then after school from 4.30pm until 6.15pm.

“For some of these kids the goal is to simply better their times or qualify for state by achieving the qualifying times at A-grade swim meets.”