Darling Downs Swimming Champions
Darling Downs Swimming Champions Contributed

Swimming to success

Swimming: The Stanthorpe Swimming Club was awash with accolades at last weekend's Darling Downs Regional Swimming Association presentation as members took out a host of awards and Gail Smail was hailed Coach of the Year.

Mrs Smail, who has been coaching since 1981, said this week she was "shocked" and "honoured" to receive the award. Also a development coach and mentor for coaches across the Darling Downs, Mrs Smail said she was "thrilled" with the efforts of all club members.

"I'm over the moon with how our kids are going. We've got about 70 kids in the swimming club, and about 40-50 train throughout the week."

She said swimming was a great way to stay active and healthy and also promote water safety.

"No matter where you go on holidays, especially in Australia, you've always got swimming involved. It's a great activity the whole family can enjoy."

President of Stanthorpe Swimming Club Shannon Armbruster said Ms Smail is an "integral" part of the region and a "dedicated and amazing coach".

"We're all about our swimmers and improving them and their successes. We have had a remarkable season," Mrs Armbruster said. She said the Stanthorpe club prioritised fostering "a positive community club" with members encouraged to take part in local events and fundraisers, while life members continue to be actively involved.

"Our life members come to the club meets and awards nights. It's very family-oriented and the kids know that any of the parents are there to support them."

At the weekend's presentation, William Kay was awarded Short Course 9yrs boys Age Champion, 10yrs boys Country Age Champion and was a member of the Patrons Shield team.

Isaac Kay was recognised for his efforts in the Patrons Shield team. Aliesha Rogers was awarded the 12yrs girls Country Age Champion, 11-12yrs Girls Sprint Champion and was a member of the State Regional relays team.

Jessica Pradella was awarded 8 yrs Girls Country Age Champion. Ben Armbruster was awarded 15yrs Boys Short Course Age Champion, 15yrs Boys Country Age Champion, 13 and Over Boys Regional Champion, and was a member of the 16 and Under and Open Mens relay teams for the State Regional Relays.

Club members are also preparing to compete next week in the Queensland State Primary and Secondary Schools Swimming Championships from at Chandler in Brisbane.

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