Young swimmers do school proud

A TEAM of promising young primary school swimmers from Lindisfarne Anglican School battled a tough field at Sydney's state championships, bringing home some solid results.

Last Friday's championships saw 15 youngsters take on the finest independent school swimmers from at least 24 regions in NSW.

Lindisfarne physical education teacher Jodie Arnold said she was very impressed and proud of the swimmers' performances.

“For these kids to reach state level and to go to such a big event like Sydney is huge,” Arnold said.

“To get into the finals and place in the top 30 is just amazing.”

Qualifying for state meant the young swimmers had to perform exceptionally well at Far North Coast regionals held in Ballina in February.

Lindisfarne had a strong field at Ballina and 23 children were selected for state but only 15 were able to make it.

“At the meet we may not have been in the top placings, but the kids put in a great effort,” Arnold said.

Eight-year-old Jack Bennetts was a real standout at the event and claimed fourth place in 50m freestyle.

“For an eight-year-old he did really well. He was a real dark horse,” Arnold said.

“He was equal second-fastest against a field of 30 competitors.”

Ten-year-old Maggie Dowker also did well, securing fifth place in the 50m freestyle event.

Luke Gyory made the final for the under- 12 years 50m breaststroke and finished in ninth place overall.

“I am proud of the kids' performances but you know it is different for the Tweed children, we don't have training at school like some of the other competitors,” Arnold said.

“We are fortunate that Toni Lewis and Michael Tom at the South Tweed indoor pool helped out with some coaching with our 10 and 11-year-old relay teams before they competed in Sydney.

“We are thankful that they volunteered their time.”

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