Zimmer takes out Celeb Skins
KINGSCLIFF's Tayliah Zimmer has started the countdown to her World Championship campaign on a winning note.
The talented backstroker, part of a three-member Kingscliff squad competing at the titles in Melbourne next month, won the Celebrity Skins at the Kingscliff Pool on Friday night.
Zimmer actually finished behind her club and Australian teammate Lara Davenport by a fingernail in the event. However Davenport, who will race in 4x200m relay in Melbourne, broke her handicap by too much ? handing Zimmer the win.
The pair, and fellow world-championship contender, rising men's backstroke champion Hayden Stockel, will be joined by several more Kingscliff teammates for the NSW Open Titles this weekend in Sydney. They will also have altitude training in Thredbo and a swim meet in Canberra before heading to Melbourne.
The Kingscliff club's skins meet is its major fundraiser for the year, and club coach Leanne Speechley said the event had been highly successful.
"It was so well supported," she said.
"We had 17 Open teams and 16 junior teams as well as the celebrities.
"This year surfer Stephanie Gilmore was the only celebrity who wasn't a swimmer. She was a big hit. She is so positive and the kids love her."
The Open event was won by the Brenshaw family, from corporate team Body Force, while the junior event was won by a team of Kingscliff club swimmers calling themselves the 'Roid Boys'.
Teams came from as far afield as Southport (the Allamanda Hospital team) to Pottsville (Pottsville Newsagency)."