Youngsters mix it with top guns
KINGSCLIFF swimming trio Hayley White, Cameron Peters and Matt Abood have started their summer swimming season on a high-flying note attending last week's Australian Short Course Trials in Brisbane.
The teenage trio went to the relay events with Kingscliff's elite national level swimmers Sophie Edington, Tayliah Zimmer and Ethan Rolff, who are currently in the US at the World Short Course titles.
Abood, 18, who has just one more year left before stepping up full-time to the open ranks, and Peters, 15, swam with Rolff and Olympian Josh Watson. The team did well making the finals.
A bungle with official paperwork meant that White's relay team was not able to take to the water leaving the 15-yearold to experience the atmosphere from the sidelines.
Despite the bungle, coach Leanne Speechley said the trio enjoyed the competition which was the first major event of the summer.
"They were stoked to be around it all the elite swim- mers," coach Speechley said.
"Although Hayley didn't swim, being up there with the girls was still a great experience.
"Hayley, Matt and Cameron have had a lot of success at their own age level and now they are now heading towards the open ranks.
The club holds its annual sign-on over on October 12th and 19 at the Kingscliff Pool.
The next major event will be their annual swimming carnival on October 23. The event attracts competitors from the Mid-North Coast to Brisbane.