Pool of potential

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These could be Queenstown’s next young swim stars.

Budding talents got their chance to test the water to see if they’re keen on swimming competitively at a Central Otago novice meet last Friday night.

Some 47 Queenstown Swimming Club members aged seven-12 raced against other Central Otago clubs to gain personal bests or new times at the Wakatipu High pool.

“It’s one of a series of meets…that are an ideal introduction for young club swimmers who’ve just graduated from Learn to Swim classes and are looking to possibly enter competitions,” QSC coach Frank Wylie explains.
“It’s more of a focus on participation and gaining valuable experience, without the nationally-qualified swimmers being allowed to attend.”

Wylie wasn’t able to attend because he was already committed to Wakatipu High’s Blues Awards ceremony, but he says he’s interested in the results.

“Without the nationally-qualified swimmers there, suddenly there’s a whole new range of emerging stars.”
It was an ideal lead-up to this weekend’s Otago Spring Carnival in Cromwell.

“This weekend’s meet is really where a lot of those same swimmers will be taking on the best from Southland and Otago.”

QSC has 51 swimmers heading to Cromwell – their “biggest ever” entry for that competition.