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Our best on show

Saturday, 19th November, 2011

READY, SET, SWIM: Thom Fleming, Jason Masclet and Angel Simmons are looking forward to this weekend’s carnival. READY, SET, SWIM: Thom Fleming, Jason Masclet and Angel Simmons are looking forward to this weekend’s carnival.

The Regional Aquatic Centre will come alive today with the Broken Hill Democratic Club two-day swim meet.

The competition starts at 2pm and with 175 competitors and in excess of 300 spectators, this will be the biggest meet held in Broken Hill for the season. Broken Hill Swimming Club is hosting the event which is quickly growing into one of the premier country swim meets in the state. This is also the only local state qualifying meet held in the area.

Local businesses have joined forces to make the two-day meet a success.

The carnival has again been sanctioned as a Swimming SA state qualifying meet, this affords all locals swimmers the same opportunity as their metropolitan counterparts, to gain qualifying time for the 2012 South Australian State and Country Championships, without the expense of travelling to metropolitan meets.

Swimmers aged from five to 19 will descend on the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre for the first of 116 events.

The popularity of this meet continues to grow. With the reputation of a competitive, well run event, the meet has steadily gained a loyal following within the swimming community both locally and interstate, with several clubs making their third trip to compete here. 

This year entries have been received from four South Australian metropolitan clubs, 10 clubs from country NSW, as well as Victoria, South Australia and Queensland, including athletes travelling from as far afield as Mt Isa to compete.

Local swimmers will be out to show their city cousins they are no easy push over in the pool. Some of the locals to look out for are Angel Simmons, Ashley Pace and Danyon McLachlan-Menz (from Alma Swimming Club) who are all in top form after a winter break away from the pool.

Amber Grose, Jason Masclet, Georgie Kuerschner and Harry Campbell (from Broken Hill Swimming Club) are all in peak condition and definitely hungry for medals at their own carnival.

Ellysia Oldsen, Thom Fleming and Indianna Paull (from Silver City Swimming Club) have all posted strong times this season and will be out to break the local records.

Thom, Jason and Angel said they were all nervous for the carnival and had been training really hard.

“I’ve been training pretty hard,” Jason said.

“I’ve been training extremely hard,” Thom said.

Angel said her best strokes were backstroke and butterfly, Thom said his was backstroke and Jason said his was freestyle.

Gates open this faternoon at 12.45pm and racing will commence at 2pm. Tomorrow, gates open at 7.30am with racing from 9am.

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