Kingscliff swimmers notch up personal bests

KINGSCLIFF Swimming Club has a strong tradition at the NSW Country Swimming Championships, and despite travelling to the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre without the notable names of the past, this year was no different.

Here's what swimming guru and Kingscliff coach Lea Speechley had to say: ...

“It was a really successful meeting.

What impressed me most was the amazing percentage of personal bests our swimmers achieved.

Almost 90 per cent of our times were personal bests, which is exciting for me as a coach as it means we're moving forward slowly but surely.

I took down nine kids, of which it the first time for seven of them.

Some of the top kids weren't around, but the others all stepped up, and debuting was exciting for a lot of them.

There was a great team spirit and I was really impressed with the way they handled them-selves - professional and supportive.

The parents were awesome and had a good time themselves, which made it a whole family situation, so I was stoked with the level of enjoyment.

We had a lot of fourths, with many kids unfortunately touched out of the medals, but we still had plenty qualify for the nationals.

Our best performer was Matt Abood who scored two gold medals.

His brother Andrew and 13-year old Morgan Williams also stood out, with both scoring silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze in the 100m event, in their respective divisions.

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