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“Hell Week” Training No Holiday For Pioneer Swimmers

The festive season seems an eternity ago for Pioneer Swimming Club’s members as they conquer “Hell Week” training for the first two weeks of 2023.  Pioneer Swimmers hit the pool ‘running’ on January 2, swimming and training every morning and afternoon in their home pool, the Pioneer Swim Centre.

They have and will continue to step outside of their comfort zones, challenging themselves to activities and training sessions they have not yet undertaken.  Our seniors completed an average of approximately 50 to 60km in the pool in the first week and our juniors achieving approximately 30km.  Gym sessions and land-based strength training has been incorporated for all. Each swimmer has pushed their own individual boundaries and have already attained achievements they thought not possible.  

The first week was finished with a well-deserved barbeque breakfast.

“Hell Weeks” are meant to be intense. Gruelling. But oh-so rewarding!

Upon finishing this fortnight of Hell Week training, our swimmers will attend a number of local swimming competitions in Cannonvale and Mirani and others aspiring for the Queensland Sprint Championships at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre in early February.  

Contributed by Tahnie Malagueno

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