Latest Newsletter - 20 January

South Australian Country Championships and Superfish Carnivals

The Roxby Downs Swimming club competed in the 2011 Country Energy, South Australian Country Championships and Superfish meets in Broken Hill from the 13th – 16th January, with our 7 swimmers not only achieving amazing results, but presenting our club as a great team working together to support all performances over the weekend, both in and out of the pool.

I would like this week's newsletter to detail the individual achievements of all of our swimmers and highlight our success at these meets.

Julia Weltner – Congratulations on winning the 12 year old South Australian Country Champion for 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly and setting two SA country all-comers records in the Butterfly and 2 SA country records in Freestyle. Julia dug deep and produced PBs in each of her Gold medals wins and also achieved PBs in her 100m backstroke and 200m Individual Medley. Despite illness on the second day of the meet which saw her not able to make the 100m Butterfly finals she bounced back to take home the gold in the 50m Butterfly event later that day. Julia also represented the club as captain and supported all new swimmers throughout the meet. Julia now moves onto boarding school at the conclusion of the holidays and we wish her well in her swimming in the future.

Caitlin Abbott – Produced the "swim of the meet", achieving a 20 second PB in the 200m Freestyle and showing the great courage and determination this pocket rocket is capable of. Although running is her forte, and she had to work extremely hard to make qualifying times to even attend the meet, Caitlin showed all the swimmers what you can achieve with hard work and a big heart. She smashed her PBs in 3 of her swims, including 5 seconds off her 100m freestyle and similar in the 100m backstroke. Caitlin also battled illness on the first day of the meet, but did not let that keep her from swimming the gruelling 400m freestyle event, and although she did not achieve a PB in this event, she set the benchmark for the rest of the swimmers for the meet and showed why Caitlin was also selected as Club Captain. Caitlin too is moving to Adelaide, making this her last meet with the Roxby Downs Swimming Club, and we wish her all the best with her No. 1 sport (running) but hope she continues with her swimming as she has a lot left in her.

Will Abbott – Will competed at both the Superfish and Country Championships events and showed once again what he can achieve when he puts his mind to it. Will produced an outstanding swim in the 50m Butterfly event, although this was least favourite stroke. He once again supported every swimmer in every race and his 100m freestyle swim showed great heart and determination, again the trait that had Will selected as Club Vice Captain. Will too is off to Adelaide and although he says he is finished swimming, we hope he sticks with it at least for fun as he is great for the sport.

Alex Lowe – Congratulations to Alex who competed in the 100m Backstroke at country championships and pulled out a fantastic 1st 50m which showed amazing strength and determination. Alex also produced some great PBs and swims at the Superfish event including a butterfly swim that proved to the club she has a future as a butterfly swimmer (even though she may not believe it herself yet)! Alex also showed great team support, and even ensured coaches and other support crew were well looked after during the events. She showed great maturity which will serve her well as she too leaves our club to attend boarding school at the end of the school holidays.

Matthew Lowe – Wow! What a great meet for Matthew this year. Competing as a 10 year old in the 11 & under age group put some obstacles in this young man's way, but despite this Matthew went out to each race and gave 100% every time. He was the 2nd fastest 10 year old at the event and, being the only representative swimmer who will be returning next year to this event, he gives us a great future and some great swims to look forward to next year. Matthew is a swimmer of the future for our club.

Harry & Annalise Abbott – These two did a fantastic job at the Superfish carnival with Harry producing two 11 second PBs after only recently having his cast removed for a broken arm, and Annalise being the fastest 6 year old girl at the meet. These two have a great future in swimming and the club will miss them greatly as they move back to Adelaide with their family in the next week.

Thank you, too, to all our support personnel; without them we would not be able to have a team perform as we did. Tony McGauchie (Carnival Coach Extraordinaire) Darren Lowe (Club Technical Official), Wendy Lowe (Team Manager) Vicki McGauchie (As the swimmer’s put it “Mum while all the parents were busy”) Tori McGauchie (Assistant Team Manager) Billy Weltner (Team Dietician – LOL).

Congratulations Roxby – what a great effort from a team who only had 3 months training and showed clubs that train 12 months of the year the talent we have!