Tweed hits titles
By ADAM WRATTEN
TWEED'S top young swimmers begin their assault today at the Australian age championships at Brisbane.
Ten swimmers from the Kingscliff and Twin Towns swimming clubs will compete for the next four days at the titles.
Having spent countless hours in the pool preparing under the guidance of their respective club coaches Andrew Hunter, of Twin Towns, and Lea Speachley, of Kingscliff, they are all ready to give their best.
Speachley said the team spirit among her swimmers was the best she had known for many years.
Hunter is expecting big things from his team.
Both coaches give a run down on our future stars below.
Andrew Abood, 14 - Kingscliff: This is Andrew's first nationals and he is one of the rookies on the Kingscliff team. These championships are all about him going out and enjoying the experience. Events: 50m and 100m freestyle.
Matthew Abood, 18 - Kingscliff: Matt is swimming injured with a shoulder problem which he has had for about two months now. He will take on a team leader role for the Kingscliff club in what will be his last aged nationals. Any medals would be a miracle given his injury. Events: 50m, 100m freestyle and 100m breast stroke.
Deaglan Barnes, 13 - Kingscliff: Deaglan is also one of the rookies, competing in his first aged championships. There is no pressure on him and he should enjoy the experience. Events: 50m and 100m freestyle.
Jess Henshaw, 14 - Kingscliff: Jess has a busy program taking part in backstroke, butterfly and freestyle events. She is particularly strong in the backstroke and should go well. Events: 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 100m, 200m backstroke.
Lynton Hurt, 13 - Twin Towns: Lynton should go well in his breast stoke events and hopes are high he will pick up a medal and make all his finals. Events: 100m, 200m breast stroke, 100m, 200m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 200m individual medley.
Matthew Lance, 15 - Twin Towns: Matt is the defending champion in the 400m freestyle. He will again be strong in all his freestyle events. He should come home with a swag of medals. Events: 50m, 100m, 200m, 400, 1500m freestyle and 200m butterfly.
Sarah Marson, 15 - Twin Towns: Sarah is the defending 100m breast stroke and 50m freestyle champion. She will be very competitive in the breast stroke events and should make the final in all her events. Events: 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle and 100m and 200m breast stroke.
Cameron Peters, 16 Kingscliff: Cameron is aiming to improve his ranking in his age group. He is going well and will be keen to go out and give his events a go and express himself. Events: 50m and 100m freestyle.
Trent Richardson, 13 Twin Towns: Trent only started training with his new club in January. He comes from Byron Bay, has been training well and is a big chance to make a final. Events: 50m, 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke.
Hayley White, 15 - Kingscliff: Hayley has a busy program, competing in butterfly, backstroke and freestyle events. The butterfly and backstroke are her strengths and if she controls her racing her skill should shine though.