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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 0404762072.

General club enquires can be made direct to secretary Nikki Bounden 0410662345.

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