The Redlands Swim Club trains and competes all year round with the season officially kicking off in July. This year we have had a great deal of participation through the winter months which should pay off for those who have trained through the cold.
Redlands had 20 swimmers competing at the Brisbane Short Course Championships during the first weekend of August. All our swimmers swum well competing in 93 individual events of which they swam 69 person best times.
Eight of our swimmers won 17 medals between them.
- Sophie Edwards (8) 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze
- Jody-Joy Davie (17) 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze
- Dominic Dunstan (3) Silver and Bronze
- Jasmine Blank (9) Silver
- Mela Gillard (15) 2 Bronze
- Ben Garozzo (13) 2 Bronze
- Imogen Dunstan (9) Bronze
- Ashleigh Eskdale (12) Bronze
This is testimony to the depth the club is building with swimmers aged from 8 years to 17 years winning medals.
We had 11 swimmers go on to compete at the State Short Course Championships in the last weekend of August. The meet started on Friday evening with Kai Watson and Ben Garozzo winning gold and silver in the 13 years boys 800m freestyle. Kai backed up on Saturday with a bronze in the 400m freestyle, with Ashleigh Eskdale winning bronze in the 12 years girls 400m individual medley on the Sunday.
This season the club decided to hold our A Grade meet in September rather than in March and it paid dividends as we had over 220 swimmers compete from all over Brisbane. The effort by the committee and volunteers made the day run smoothly with nothing but compliments from other clubs. The day is a massive fundraiser for the club but also plays a part in building team spirit as everyone gets involved in some way.
Congratulations to Nick Garozzo and Kai Watson who were selected in the Queensland Schools swimming team to compete at the National School swimming championships held this year in Darwin. The boys won three medals between them.
All our swimmers will now focus on preparing for the Open Water and Long Course Championships over the coming months.
Photo captions: Ben Garoxxo (silver) and Kai Watson (gold) 800m State Champions, Ashleigh Eskdale (bronze) 400m.