Young gun’s pool call­ing

Ella is lov­ing life in the pool af­ter tack­ling first car­ni­val jit­ters

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT -

SWIM­MING: The days are get­ting warmer and Christ­mas hol­i­days are ap­proach­ing – it’s time to hop into the pool.

The Stan­thorpe

Swim­ming Club kids have been busy train­ing for weeks and are im­prov­ing by the day.

One of the squad’s new­bies is 10-year-old Ella McGlashan, who joined this sea­son to get more time in the pool.

“I like go­ing in the pool,” she said.

“I do it Mon­day, Tues­day, Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day, Fri­day, Satur­day.”

The 10-year-old com­peted in her first com­pet­i­tive swim­ming car­ni­val on Novem­ber 19 set­ting per­sonal bests in the four races she com­peted in the 50m freestyle, but­ter­fly, breast­stroke and back­stroke.

“We did Al­lora Open be­cause it’s a good car­ni­val for kids try­ing out,” mum Deb said.

“They don’t dis­qual­ify kids when they do some­thing wrong but ex­plain to them what they did wrong.”

It’s all fun and games for Ella, but her mother Deb McGlashan said it was im­por­tant for kids to learn how to swim.

“I just think all kids need to learn how to swim,” she said.

“Not only does it keep them healthy, they can still do it when they’re older.”

Ella, who has en­joyed swim­ming lessons with coach Gail Smail at the Stan­thorpe Pool since she was six months old, said squad and club train­ing was a lot of fun.

“Gail is very funny,” she said.

Deb said ev­ery­one was very sup­port­ive of Ella at the swim­ming club.

“The club is re­ally good with sup­port for the younger kids,” she said.

“All of the se­nior kids en­cour­age the younger kids in their swim­ming. Gail and Michael are very good role mod­els for the kids.

“If a par­ent is not there, they al­ways keep an eye on the kids. The kids just love them!”

PHOTO: KIM MICKE

KEEN SWIMMER: 10-year-old Ella McGlashan is tak­ing it all in her stride af­ter com­pet­ing in her first swim­ming car­ni­val re­cently.

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