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2017 state championships wrap up

Congratulations to all our swimmers that competed during the 2017 Queensland State Championships in December. Our swimmers came away with many new PB’s and there were many very impressive performances.

To start off the week of competition we had relay day.  Caribeae would be represented by swimmers competing in both club division and regional division, and being successful in both. First of all, our 9-10 years’ boys came away with a bronze medal in the 4x50m medley relay in a very strong swim (Team: Kai Williams, Spencer Brown, Koda Milburn and Cooper Love). Though the 9-10 boys did not stop at one, managing to pick up another medal in the 4x50m freestyle relay, all managing to swim under their PB times (Team: Koda Milburn, Kai Williams, Spencer Brown, Peyton Goudie). Across both of the 9-10 girls relays all girls showed confidence and rose to the challenge of their first races at state level, gaining a lot of experience (Team: Charleigh Keogh, Julia Schultz, Hannah Kelly and Maddison Bailey). Leading from the front of the Caribeae relay teams was the Girls 14 and under relay, again with great races from all swimmers (Team: Amber Webber, Carmelita Aldiss, Kourtney Draper and Danielle Schultz <-> Danielle Kennedy).

Throughout the rest of the week we had a number of our swimmers competing in individual events, their summaries down below in alphabetical order.

Amber Webber – Amber competed in the 12-year-old girls age division swimming her 200m IM, 100m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle, managing to do PB’s in 2 out of the 3 she competed in, with the 200m IM being the stand out for Amber in an almost 5 second PB.

Brock Valigura – Brock competed in 5 events throughout the competition week in the 15-year-old boys age group, which included, 100m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke, 200m IM and 100m Butterfly. He managed to come away with 4 out of 5 PB’s and a reserve spot in a final, also coming very close to age national qualifying times. Brock also managed to come away with a Bronze medal in the regional relays swimming for CQ.

Carmelita Aldiss – Towards the end of the week, Carmelita swam her single individual event of 100m Backstroke in the 13-year-old girls age group coming away with a nice PB of over a second.

Jack Kelly – Jack had a huge program throughout the weak and did not back down from it. He competed in the 200m Freestyle, 200m IM, 100m Butterfly, 200m Backstroke, 800m Freestyle, 200m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 400m IM and 100m Backstroke, placing top 10 in 5 of those swims and PB’s across every swim, clocking in over 2 minutes’ worth of PB’s combined. A very good effort from Jack and very well deserved.

Joseph Milburn – Another large program for one our Caribeae Swimmers was Joe Milburn competing in the 200m Backstroke, 400m IM, 100m Freestyle, 200m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke, 400m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 200m IM and 100m Butterfly and managing 6 top ten finishes and a silver medal in the 100m Butterfly at the end of the program. Joe swam in the 15-year-old age group and took a combined 27 seconds off his PBs across all events.  Joe also added 2 more National Qualifying times to his tally.

All in all, 2017 Queensland State Championships was a massive stepping stone for our swimmers and showed much improvement for everyone that competed, whether individually or in a relay. It is quite exciting to see what the future of this club holds.

will salmond paralympic dream

SWIMMING: What started as a form of physical therapy quickly became a passion for Will Salmond.

The Rocky boy was born with mild cerebral palsy and swimming was part of an extensive physiotherapy program designed to get his limbs moving.

It was obvious that Will had an affinity with the water and that swimming would become much more than an integral part of his exercise regime.

Jack Kelly meets champion idols

SWIMMING: Rockhampton's Jack Kelly first got a feel for the water as a baby at learn-to-swim classes.

In his formative years he continued to spend countless hours in the pool but it was about three years ago that he decided to start swimming competitively with Caribeae.

"I was playing other sports and I thought I would give swimming a go as well,” the 12-year-old explains.

"At first I wasn't too good at it but I started training and became better at it.”

December 2017 Interviews, Following State Championships and Pacific School Games