Can­nons ready for car­ni­val

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

THE Cannonvale Can­nons Swim­ming Club is gear­ing up to host their an­nual swim­ming car­ni­val at the Cannonvale State School pool this weekend.

The event was can­celled in Jan­uary due to the se­vere weather caused by Cy­clone Dy­lan cross­ing the coast­line and all club mem­bers are hop­ing for clear skies to con­tinue this Satur­day and Sun­day.

The an­nual event at­tracts more than 140 swim­mers from across North Queens­land for two-days of com­pet­i­tive rac­ing.

Gates will open at 8am for warm-up on Satur­day, with rac­ing to start at 9am.

On Sun­day, warm-up will be held from 7am with rac­ing to kick off at 8am.

Club vice pres­i­dent Estelle Van Zyl said the skins event was an ex­cit­ing time for com­peti­tors with $2680 in cash prizes across the 12 and un­der and 13 and over di­vi­sions.

There will be races in all four strokes with the six fastest swim­mers over 25m for each stroke qual­i­fy­ing to com­pete in the skins race.

“It’s sud­den death with the last swim­mer to touch the wall elim­i­nated and the oth­ers go­ing back to the start line un­til the last two are left stand­ing,” Van Zyl said.

“The over­all win­ner in the 13 and over group will re­ceive $70 cash and the win­ner in the 12 and un­der will take home $40 cash.”

All swim­mers com­pet­ing in the skins event will re­ceive a cash prize.

The first round of the skins event will kick off with the 25m back­stroke at ap­prox­i­mately 11am on Satur­day.

Coaches Mark Erick­son and Ken Crit­ten­den are very ex­cited to host the event.

Many new mem­bers to the Can­nons are also look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing in their first car­ni­val of the year. Jordan and An­gus Men­zies, Jack­man Romanella, Dy­lan Barbeler, Piper O’Grady, Ivan Van Zyl, Natalie Milne and Emma Ho­gan are among those trav­el­ling to com­pete in the school state cham­pi­onships in Bris­bane from Mon­day, March 24-29.

NEW MEM­BERS: Abbi O'Sheehy, Nyrie Steven­son, Gareth O'Sheehy, Fraser Duguid, Ja­cob Steven­son, Daisy Neil, Sam Dodds, Mikhaila Flint and Jy Parkin­son are look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing for the first time in the Cannonvale Can­nons Swim­ming Car­ni­val on the weekend.

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