13 June, 2021
Short-course swim success
PIONEER Swimming Club swimmer Ava Conlon-Wyllie, 9, returned to the pool last weekend at Pioneer’s first Short Course Swim carnival held at the Mackay ARC 25m pool.
The club has not hosted an event like this
before, especially in these recent chilly conditions.
The swimmers are conditioned to
competing in the NQ heat of summer, with
current conditions considered exceptional.
Ava is almost considered a veteran in the
swimming community, having competed
for several years now.
She joined Pioneer
Swim Club in 2018, however recently she
has taken some time away from the pool.
Last weekend saw Ava compete in six events where she smashed out personal bests in three of them.
Ava was certainly not alone on the day,
having her very own cheer squad chanting
from the sidelines.
Pioneer Swim Team had 30 swimmers
represent on Saturday, nabbing 15 Gold, 27
Silver and 29 Bronze.
Young Sophie Stubbs, 9, was a strong
contributor to the medal tally, bringing in
eight Podium finishes alone,– with an impressive
17.72 personal best in her 50m fly.
Newcomers Florence Wallace, 8, and
William Wallace, 13, might not have added
to the medal tally but they certainly had a
fabulous day and now have their own official
times to better at their next carnival.
The biggest Personal Best of the day
went to Stevie Brand who smashed off
01.15 in her 200m
Pioneer Squad is now moving into the
dry season program.
The squad meets daily and all enquires
can be made directly to coach Igor
General club enquires can be made direct to secretary Nikki Bounden 0410662345.