Dimity hits top form
DIMITY Brackin is gearing up for the Queensland Secondary School Swimming Championships from March 22-24 after winning five gold medals at the Darling Downs Country Club Championships at Stanthorpe.
Brackin, who attends Assumption College, is a member of the Warwick Swimming Club.
She won the 13 years championship at Stanthorpe with victory in 50m freestyle, butterfly and breaststroke, 100m freestyle and butterfly. She was second in 50m freestyle.
She attributes a lot of her success to the coaching and guidance of coach Karen Gilchrist at WIRAC.
"Karen has really helped, as has Wayne Schnitzerling and his masters swimming teammates at 5.30am sessions," Brackin said.
"The support of good friends at swimming club, like Dan and Brayden Fearby and Ben Batten, at morning sessions has really helped."
She now aims to make finals at the state secondary school championships.
In addition to school swimming, the Queensland Sprints (club) will be held at Chandler next month and Brackin has qualified in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke.
"I am pleased with my times at this stage," she said.
Having been in the Warwick club for seven years, Brackin said it was not all about hard work.
"I have had a ball with other members at club nights each Friday," Brackin said.
"Karen organised a couple of trips to the Stanthorpe 50m pool for training over the holi
days which ended at Stanthorpe Maccas or with a game of ten-pin bowls.
"We always go to one of the Gold Coast theme parks for our season break-up."
As well as being an accomplished swimmer, Brackin plays junior and open netball in Warwick. She played for Warwick in last year's state age carnival and has twice been selected for Darling Downs.
She also played Darling Downs Inter-district netball in 2011 and was part of the 13 years team which went down in the grand final at Laidley.
Swimmers are welcome to attend club nights from 5.30pm on Fridays at WIRAC, where information is available on squad swimming.