Great Southern Swim Club rise to occasion and trains at Fleurieu Aquatic Centre at Victor Harbor

PRIZE: Great Southern Swim Club's Laura Cummings was awarded the prestigious Matt Cowdrey Perpetual Trophy after a long championship program held at Marion.

PRIZE: Great Southern Swim Club's Laura Cummings was awarded the prestigious Matt Cowdrey Perpetual Trophy after a long championship program held at Marion.

Great Southern Swim Club recently celebrated fantastic results in the pool during the highly competitive South Australian Short Course Championships at SA Aquatic Centre, Marion.

Multi class (MC) swimmer, Laura Cummings, aged 17 of Jervois was awarded the prestigious Matt Cowdrey Perpetual Trophy after a long championship program.

Laura, who has been swimming for four years, has an S15 classification for the hearing impaired.

This was Laura’s first state short course championship and she came home with two gold medals in 50m butterfly and MC relay, a silver in 200m Freestyle and  two S15 state records in 50m butterfly and 200m Freestyle.

Laura was privileged to receive the state champs. perpetual  trophy from Matt Cowdrey OAM. 

Cowdrey, who was an Australian paralympian swimmer, still holds numerous world records and retired after the 2012 Olympic Games in London after a long and successful swimming career.

Laura has come to Great Southern Swimming Club from Murray Bridge Cods and according to her coach, Karin Reddcliffe, she is one of the hardest working swimmers she has had the privilege to coach.

“She is completely focussed in her training and she keeps her eyes firmly on her goals which currently are to swim in the Deafalympics in Brazil next year,” Karin said.

Laura set her path to getting to the Deafalympics by qualifying for the state country championship, then state championship and finally nationals.

Another of the club’s dedicated swimmers, Zara Taylor, 22, also competed at the state championships in July and retained her MC S14 state record in 100m breaststroke and beat her previous record by 3 seconds.

Zara Taylor retained her MC S14 state record in 100m breaststroke and beat her previous record by 3 seconds.

Zara Taylor retained her MC S14 state record in 100m breaststroke and beat her previous record by 3 seconds.

Great Southern Swimming Club trains out of the Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre (FRAC) all year round and during summer trains at both sites at the Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre and Strathalbyn Community Pool .

Great Southern Swimming Club trains out of the Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre (FRAC) all year round

Nat Bruce

The club has three free come and try session available to anyone who is interested in swimming, whether it be for competing or just fitness.

At the FRAC there is swim coaching for juniors, teens, young adults and masters and the professional coaching can help you achieve your personal best.

For further information regarding the Great Southern Swimming Club contact president Simone Brown 0413 389 287 or coach Karin Reddcliffe 0435 956 466. 

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