Thursday, November 2, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
From 27th to 28th October, The Pioneer Swimming Club travelled to Rockhampton for the Beef City Preparation Meet, hosted by Caribeae Swimming Club. This was the first time the Pioneers have travelled to this meet as a club, and it did not disappoint.
The club were very impressed with the range of events programmed, including ‘Speed Machine’ races, where money could be won for the fastest freestyle swimmers in each age group. ‘Top Gun’, where swimmers are eliminated one by one after each heat, as well as relay events.
In the ‘Speed Machine’ event, Annaliese Miles placed first for the 10-year-olds and Jade Bounden was first for 17 and Over, winning $25.
Ralph Traeger and Makenna Malagueno each placed second for the 9-year-olds, with Alex Moss placing second for the 12-year-olds and Ella Bounden second for the 14-year-olds, each scoring $20.
Stevie Brand was third for the 15-year-olds, receiving $15; and Henry Porter and Yasmin Seedwell also received $10, placing fourth for 13 and 14-year-olds respectively.
Jade Bounden was also dubbed the ‘Top Gun’ in the elimination skins events for females.
Many medals, personal bests and even Age Champions were attained by the Dolphins. The club’s youngest swimmer, Alice Demin (Coach Igor’s daughter), also enjoyed her first competition – at only 4-years-old!
Congratulations to all – what a strong presence for Pioneer!
Contributed by Tahnie Malagueno
Coach Igor giving a pep talk to swimmers
Pioneer's youngest swimmer, Alice Demin
Pioneer Swimming Club team members