Great Southern Swimming holds Presentation Night and Coaching Clinics

It has been a busy and rewarding time for the Great Southern Swimming Club and its members.

In May, Great Southern Swimming Club held their Distance Time Trials and Presentation Night at the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre.

Many awards were presented to the younger members of the club with the awards given in the categories of Country Championships participants and non-Country Championship participants.

Country Championship participants saw the highest number of Personal Best times (PBs). They included Alyshia Foster 30 and Joe Dodd 17.

Highest Aggregate points: Alyshia Foster 469 and Joe Dodd 316.

Non-Country Championship participants highest PBs included: Boys - Elias Bickley 13 and Darius Bickley 13 and Girls - Hayley Mitchell 11, Annika Hancock 11 and Isabella Hudson 11.

Highest aggregate points: Hayley Mitchell 225 and Elias Bickley 270.

Multi class swimmers highest PBs: Zara Taylor 2 and highest aggregate points: Zara Taylor 297.

Perpetual trophies were presented to Alyshia Foster for gaining the highest number of PBs and highest aggregate points for the club.

Masters' awards went to Rosie Fisher and Brett Hart for the most PBs achieved over the season.

All swimmers showed improvement over the season and achieved many PBs.

They were Alyshia Foster 30, Asha Newham 19, Grace Smith 18, Joe Dodd 17, Rosie Fisher 17, Darius Bickley 13, Elias Bickley 13, Hayley Mitchell 11, Annika Hancock 11, Isabella Hudson 11, Isabelle Smith 11, Tahliah Carter 11, Chloe Mitchell 10, Brett Hart 10, Mark Finlay 9, Willow Russo 7, Lisa Smith 7, Miller Russo 6, Ashley Wilson 6, Harriet O'Neill-Ferrier 4, Karin Reddecliffe 3, Evie Mack 3, Audrey Hall 3, Zara Taylor 2, Zoe Bruce 2.

On June 6, Great Southern hosted the Eastern Districts coaching clinics at the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre. Two sessions were aimed at swimmers of different abilities, one for countries standard and above and the other for newer swimmers.

Great Southern, Mallee, Murray Bridge, Mountain Pool and Onkaparinga came together, with each club providing a coach to conduct the clinics.

They were Libby Thornton (Great Southern), Rebecca Pudney (Mallee), David Millan (Murray Bridge), Henry Fielke (Mountain Pool), and Pat Wheeler (Onkaparinga).

"This was a fantastic opportunity for swimmers to take advantage of the magnificent facilities at the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre," Head Coach Libby Thornton said,

"With all the swimmers learning many new skills and having a lot of fun.

"The club also raised funds by providing a barbecue and sweet treats for sale to swimmers and their families.

"Members are most appreciative of the co-operative relationship they have with the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre management which enables this fund-raising to occur."

2021 Junior Excellence (JX) awards were again received by several club members with swimmers achieving standard times to qualify for these awards.

Asha Newham and Gracie Smith achieved Bronze awards and Alyshia Foster, Corey Allsop and Issey Smith achieved Blue awards - a great effort by these five swimmers.

JX recipients now have the opportunity to attend a coaching clinic led by Australian swimmers during the up-coming Australian swim titles at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

At the Starplex carnival on May 29, Zara Taylor performed well with three first placings. Zara also won gold, silver and bronze medals at the All-in Winter meet on June 5.

Asha, Issey and Gracie all recorded PBs at the Barossa Carnival, Asha with one and Issey and Grace with five. Alyshia Foster recorded five PBs at the Norwood Carnival.

Brett Hart achieved a bronze medal in his age group for the Masters 2020/21 Summer pool series.

The next events on the club calendar are the Marion Carnival on June 19 and the State Short Course Championships in July.

Age-group swimmers will take a well-deserved break in July and return to training in August.

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