Thursday, October 5, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Pioneer Blows Competition Out Of The Water At Long Course Carnival

Pioneer Swimming Club held its annual Long Course Transition Meet at the Mackay Aquatic Centre on Saturday, 30 September and 1 October, proudly sponsored by Naming Rights and Gold Sponsor, BTP Group.

The popularity of this meet has grown again this year – having welcomed just under 200 swimmers and double that in supporters through the gates over the 2-day event.

Swimmers travelled from as far North as Cairns, Townsville, Ayr, Proserpine, Cannonvale and then to the South, Rockhampton, Emerald, Yeppoon and Gladstone.

The Pioneer Long Course Transition Meet is one of the first carnivals for the Long Course Season Calendar, as North Queensland swimmers seek to achieve qualifying times for the Hancock Prospecting Queensland Long Course Championships, set to be held in Brisbane in December.

A highlight of the meet was the “PB Challenge”, proudly sponsored by Move it Chiropractic this year.

Ten times are nominated for swimmers to seek to achieve as personal bests – if one of these times were achieved, the swimmer presented at the Awards Table to receive $50!

Four lucky swimmers achieved one of the PBs and were awarded their prize.

Another highlight of the weekend was the presentation of the 2023 Season Captains, Yasmin Seedwell and Zahli Herring – each being deserving and inspirational seniors to guide the junior swimmers of the Club.

The Club were also grateful to have welcomed Deputy Mayor, Karen May, to the Meet who officially opened racing on Sunday morning.

Karen was keen to learn what opportunities the sport of swimming, Mackay and Swimming North Queensland can present to budding athletes for the 2032 Olympics and what the facilities the Mackay Aquatic Centre has to offer.

With the carnival behind them, swimmers return to training at the Pioneer Swimming Centre this week, having trained the past month at the Memorial Swim Centre managed by DMR Leisure.

Millie and her team at the Memorial Pool have been wonderful to the Club whilst the Pioneer Pool received a deserved face-lift, having even joined as Bronze Sponsor for the 2023 Carnival.

The next meet on the swim calendar is the Whitsunday Swimming Club Carnival in just a few short weeks.

Contributed by Pioneer Swimming Club.

Pioneer Swimming Club's Captains Presentation

Swimmers dive in to the Long Course Carnival

Alex from Pioneer Swimming Club takes on butterfly stroke

Ella from PSC competing in backstroke

Henry from PSC

Team photo of the Pioneer Swimming Club

Rex from PSC

Xavier dives off his mark amongst his competitors (Photo Credit: TS Photography)

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