Ready for tomorrow’s carnival are (from left) Krista Spicer from Tweed, Jodie Cantrill of Pottsville, Eden Punter from Kingscliff, coach Ethan Rolff and Jewel Punter of Kingscliff.
Ready for tomorrow’s carnival are (from left) Krista Spicer from Tweed, Jodie Cantrill of Pottsville, Eden Punter from Kingscliff, coach Ethan Rolff and Jewel Punter of Kingscliff. Crystal Spencer

Kingscliff to host swim carnival

KINGSCLIFF Swimming Club short course qualifying carnival is shaping up to be a wonderful meet with some top competitors hitting the blocks tomorrow morning.

The event at the Kingscliff pool could result in some record times being posted and new swim stars emerging.

A field of 160 competitors is expected to compete, with 35 participants coming from Kingscliff Swimming Club. Club president Dave Punter said the swim was a qualifying event for country, state and national events.

“The carnival is traditionally a non-championship but that will change this year,” he said. “Each of the swimmers will work towards having a good time so they can participate at a higher level.”

The carnival is normally hosted in October or November in a non-championship format but the shift has been positive, generating a stronger response, believed Punter.

One of the most coveted races on the day is the Kingscliff Cup teams relay event where six age groups compete for the ultimate podium finish.

Contesting the Cup relay will be teams of six, comprising a mix of males and females in age categories, 10 years up to 14 years and the open division. The fastest teams from all the heats head into the final and the winning team will be awarded a $120 prize.

In other events, medals will be awarded to the first three places in each age group from under 8 years to 15 years and open divisions.

There will no medals awarded for the time trial events.

Some of the Kingscliff club members are coached by former Olympic swimmer Lara Davenport and short course champion Ethan Rolff. The two coaches will also be attending the carnival and assisting with proceedings.

Swimmers will warm up at 9.30am before races start at 10am.



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