MEDALS FOR SWIMMERS
TWO Bundaberg swimmers have qualified for the state team after taking a swag of medals at the Queensland Primary School Swimming Championships.
Jaime Kruger, 12, and Isaac Cooper, 12, both made the under-12 squad with fantastic times at the pool in Brisbane, breaking a record or two along the way.
Isaac swam a Queensland record time of 2min 15sec in the 200m backstroke while in Jaime’s 200m butterfly final all three girls were under the Queensland record.
Isaac won gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke as well as the 200m individual medley and bronze in the 50m freestyle.
Jaime won silver in the 200m individual medley, 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly and bronze in the 50m and 200m butterfly.
Fairymead Swimming Club coach Scott Hamlet said Isaac also won age champion.
“They exceeded expectations,” he said.
“We didn’t expect Jaime to get second in the individual medley and for Isaac to smash his individual medley.”
Jaime said she loved diving into the pool for one simple reason. “It makes me happy.” Jaime said she regularly trained about eight times a week and was hoping to do well at the Australian School titles in September.
“I’m hoping I will do well if I try my hardest,” she said.
Hamlet said the duo had improved its times after spending more time with fellow coach Paul Simms and training with older swimmers.
“It’s fantastic to be part of what these young children do,” he said.
“I’ve been with them since they were little and taught them their strokes.”
Fairymead Swimming Club coach Scott Hamlet It’s fantastic to be part of what these young children do.
SWIM CHAMP: Jaime Kruger in the water.