Swim­ming to­wards goals

Ath­letes put in the hard yards over hol­i­days

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

SWIM­MING: Roslin Ma­son has coached Mun­dub­bera’s keen swim­mers for nine years.

In that time she has seen ath­letes win medals at na­tional com­pe­ti­tions and achieve many per­sonal goals.

“I took over the pool in 2008 and I ba­si­cally started coach­ing straight away, but at a lower level,” Ma­son said.

“In 2010 or 2011 I took over as head coach.

“I had never done swim coach­ing be­fore that, I had worked in banks, I’m no crash hot coach.

“I ran data en­try sec­tions at banks, that’s what I did.

“I moved to Mun­dub­bera and the op­por­tu­nity to run the pool came up, I thought ‘yeah okay’ and that’s how it hap­pened.”

Ma­son said she liked to see chil­dren achieve their swim­ming goals.

“I like see­ing them ded­i­cate them­selves, putting in the hard work, be­cause it is hard work,” she said.

“There is no fun in go­ing up and down a black line ev­ery­day for 100 laps or what­ever.

“Th­ese guys do some big kilo­me­tres dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

“Ev­ery­one has got a dif­fer­ent goal; one’s might be to medal in na­tion­als, an­other’s might be to take two se­conds off their time.

“It doesn’t mat­ter what their goal is, if they achieve it than it makes it all worth­while. That’s what I like about coach­ing.”

She said some of her stu­dents were work­ing ex­tra hard to achieve their goals.

“I have chil­dren that have only had the week’s break be­tween Christ­mas and New Year, be­cause they know they have car­ni­vals to pre­pare for,” Ma­son said.

“They have goals, and whilst one of our swim­mers has al­ready qual­i­fied for na­tion­als, I have oth­ers qual­i­fied for state schools, state sprints, and are still try­ing to get an­other time or some­thing.

“It’s good to see kids set their goals and work to­wards them and it gives them that ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment that they need through life, not just in swim­ming.”

She said one hard-work­ing young stu­dent won a car­ni­val, but be­cause it was slower than a pre­vi­ous time, the stu­dent wanted to do bet­ter.

“I had a lit­tle boy, who came third in a Biloela car­ni­val and first in Mur­gon, he came to me af­ter the Mur­gon car­ni­val said to me ‘I won, but it was a sec­ond slower than Biloela, so it wasn’t re­ally that good’,” Ma­son said.

“I think it’s great for a kid to ac­tu­ally look at it like that than ‘oh wow I got the gold medal, that means I’m the cham­pion’.

“He can look and say my time wasn’t as good.”

Ma­son said to help the ath­letes to­wards achiev­ing their goals, the pool hosted in­ten­sive swim classes dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

“When we do in­ten­sives the chil­dren come in as a group we get them to watch a video on the stroke of the day,” Ma­son said.

“We break it up ba­si­cally into dif­fer­ent strokes each day.

“They start off with freestyle, so ev­ery­one can ba­si­cally do freestyle.

“They watch the video, we point out points from the video, things for them to con­cen­trate on, that’s for half an hour, then they come out and we split them into groups.

“There is Sam, she takes the more be­gin­ner swim­mers, then I take the more up­per level ones, the ones who can swim 25-50m.

“We work very in­ten­sively on what­ever the stroke of the day is.”

Ma­son said the pool also had en­tire days de­voted to teach­ing stu­dents turns, starts and fin­ishes.

“Ev­ery­one doesn’t come ev­ery­day, some chil­dren are at a level where they only need to con­cen­trate on freestyle and back­stroke,” she said.

“Out of ev­ery­day we’ve run them, the least we may have had was about 22.”

She said it would be a busy few months for the club.

“We have some swim­mers go­ing to Glad­stone and they also have their school car­ni­val soon af­ter school starts,” Ma­son said.

“Then it’s the Kin­garoy car­ni­val, Wide Bay, then some of them will go on to State Schools swim­ming.

“It all ends with Na­tion­als on April 16.”

It gives them that ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment that they need through life, not just in swim­ming — Roslin Ma­son

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TEACH­ING THE YOUNG: Mun­dub­bera Swim­ming coach Roslin Ma­son loves help­ing her young stars shine.

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Caitlin Wag­ner com­pletes a lap at the Mun­dub­bera pool.

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Emma Whe­lan com­pletes a lap at the Mun­dub­bera swim­ming pool.

Ath­letes train at the Mun­dub­bera swim­ming pool.

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The in­ten­sive swim­ming classes in Mun­dub­bera have gone on all school hol­i­days.

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