Swimmers making waves


Young Queenstown swimmers have been making a splash, claiming a haul of medals at a recent comp.

Thirteen members of the Queenstown Swimming Club headed to Dunedin for the Otago Short Course champs recently, bringing home 70 medals between them.

Standouts included aptly-named Jimi Poole, 9, who took home a staggering eight gold medals, while Madison Foote, 11, won seven golds and two silvers.

Club president Maria Frewen says the result is “pretty significant”.

“We’re a small club, and we’ve been a young club. We’ve got a really good coach now who’s been with us for a few years and we’re growing and getting stronger.

“I guess in a small place like Queenstown, that’s quite significant because we have struggled over the years.”

The club, which has about 70 members, also has eight swimmers in the regional athletic development squad.

Frewen says while the upcoming Alpine Aqualand closure isn’t ideal, the pool team have been great at working with the club.

“We have the National Short Course meet coming up on October 1, and they’ve actually held off from closing the pool until the end of September.

“That’s really great, because earlier in the year they were talking about closing the pool in September, in the lead-up to the national meet, which would have been devastating for our kids.”