(Back, from left) Seamus Ryan, Tara Wilkinson, Lucy Mantova, coach Andrew Fidge, Alyssa Free, Tyson Foss, Brianna Meacle, Brendan Hoffman, Nick Blakemore, (middle) Lachlan Meacle, Will Gilmore, Lachlan Henry, Matthew Blakemore, Jordan Stevenson, (front) Caitlin Skaines, Juston Free, Cody Hoffman, Cassie Henry and Toby Gilmore after the Southern Downs Primary School Swimming.
(Back, from left) Seamus Ryan, Tara Wilkinson, Lucy Mantova, coach Andrew Fidge, Alyssa Free, Tyson Foss, Brianna Meacle, Brendan Hoffman, Nick Blakemore, (middle) Lachlan Meacle, Will Gilmore, Lachlan Henry, Matthew Blakemore, Jordan Stevenson, (front) Caitlin Skaines, Juston Free, Cody Hoffman, Cassie Henry and Toby Gilmore after the Southern Downs Primary School Swimming. Gerard Walsh

Salute to swim coach

WENDY Hoffman reckons the success of swimmers who train at the Clifton pool in last week's Southern Downs District Primary School Carnival is a credit to coach Andrew Fidge.

A mother of two squad swimmers, Hoffman said many of the age champions and runners-up among the primary school students did some or all of their training at Clifton.

"We are very proud of their efforts and achievements," Hoffman said.

"They train in junior and senior squads at Clifton and some have private lessons with Andrew.

"Andrew holds squad sessions each afternoon at Clifton."

The swimmers from the Skaines and Hoffman families also train weekly with Bec Horne from WIRAC.

"Most of the swimmers who train at Clifton qualified for the Darling Downs primary school trials next week and it is most likely going on their current times, three or four will qualify for the state championships."

The Darling Downs Primary School Swimming Championships are at Gatton on Wednesday.

As well as school swimming, the majority of the same children compete in Queensland swimming carnivals at which they consistently swim personal best times as well as winning some age championships.

Hoffman said her son Brendan recently broke the 100m butterfly record at the country championships.

"Brendan never complains about early morning starts, he rarely says no to a swimmer session," she said.

"National underage medallist and open freestyle relay squad member Tegan Warrener came and trained with the squad during her university holidays and was a great inspiration to the younger swimmers.

"Our younger swimmers look up to senior swimmers like Anthony Bannister, Josh Day, Bronte Collins and Kaylah Brackin who also train with Andrew."

The swimmers took part in yesterday's Darling Downs Secondary School Swimming Championships at Milne Bay Pool in Toowoomba and after early events; some had already qualified for the state championships.

Hoffman said the children who trained at Clifton were part of three different swimming clubs, Allora, Clifton and Warwick.

 

Future carnivals

Pittsworth - February 26

Darling Downs Primary Schools, Gatton Pool - February 29

Darling Downs Regional Championships at club level, Milne Bay - March 3

Clifton - March 11

Darling Downs Inter-cluster Meet at Glennie Aquatic Centre in Toowoomba - March 17 (seven clusters in the region meet annually)

State secondary championships at Chandler Aquatic Centre in Brisbane - March 22-24

State primary championships at Chandler Aquatic Centre in Brisbane - March 25-27

Alice Lancaster Cluster for March 17 meet Goondiwindi, Texas, Stanthorpe, Killarney, Warwick, Allora

Ken Smythe Cluster for March 17 meet Clifton, Pittsworth, Stingers, Newtown, Cecil Plains, Millmerran, Concordia


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