Prestige Games where kids shine
A DESERVED achievement, valuable experience and a stepping stone to the state titles.
That's why experienced Waterworx Swimming Club head coach Paul Sansby is supportive of the Pacific School Games starting this weekend in Adelaide.
While next month's annual Queensland championships are a major priority, Sansby is delighted to have four of his swimmers contesting individual and relay events at the elite school competition in South Australia.
Hazel Hogan, Jacinta Ticehurst, Mollie O'Callaghan and Ryan Smith are competing at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre, having also qualified for the fast-approaching state titles at Chandler.
"It's good experience for them more than anything,'' Sansby said.
"And the kids like the school swimming.
"It's one of few things the kids at this school swimming get to do where their peers get to actually watch them. It's one of the few times they get to shine.
"It only comes around every four years. It's a bit of prestige on getting on the team and the kids seem to love it.''
Hazel has been chosen to swim the 100m and 200m breaststroke and relay.
Jacinta is contesting the 200m butterfly and relay. Mollie is entered in the 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and relay.
The girls' trio has come through the Waterworx learn to swim program to now be competing in higher level events.
"When you see the ones come through that you've worked on, it's pleasing,'' Sansby said.
Ryan joined the Springfield-based Waterworx club six months ago after previously being with CYMS St Edmunds.
Sansby said he had settled well into his new training environment as he prepares to swim the 100m and 200m breaststroke and relay events in Adelaide.
"It's a change of scenery more than anything,'' Sansby said welcoming the promising new addition.
After the Pacific School Games, the quartet will join other Waterworx competitors at the hotly-contested Queensland titles from December 12-18.
"We're looking at the state titles as the next big thing,'' Sansby said of his school achievers.
"We haven't fully tapered them but they are somewhat rested. Hopefully they should go all right.''
Pacific School Games competition runs all next week.