Swimming towards goals
Athletes put in the hard yards over holidays
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
TEACHING THE YOUNG: Mundubbera Swimming coach Roslin Mason loves helping her young stars shine.
Caitlin Wagner completes a lap at the Mundubbera pool.
Emma Whelan completes a lap at the Mundubbera swimming pool.
Athletes train at the Mundubbera swimming pool.
The intensive swimming classes in Mundubbera have gone on all school holidays.