Bianca and Hamish lead the way at Nationals

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COM­ING on top of our re­cent Dubbo Photo News story on An­gus Mcdon­ald’s as­cen­sion to the crown as Australia’s fastest Un­der-17s 100-me­tre swim­mer, comes news of two other Dubbo City Swimtech mem­bers who com­peted at the Meet in Ade­laide.

Bianca Fuller and Hamish Wood are the first lo­cals for a num­ber of years to swim at the high­est level event in Australia.

Coach Den­nis Valen­tine also trav­elled to Ade­laide to sup­port his swim­mers and be part of this high-level swim meet.

Bianca shares her thoughts on the ex­pe­ri­ence: “I was so ex­cited to reach three Aus­tralian Age qual­i­fy­ing times – 200m In­di­vid­ual Med­ley (IM), 100m breast­stroke and the 200m breast­stroke. I was one if the youngest in my age group, hav­ing only turned 14 in Fe­bru­ary. The ex­pe­ri­ence of racing against the top 14-year-old girls in Australia was amaz­ing and sur­real,” Bianca told Dubbo Photo News.

“I per­formed well, do­ing per­sonal bests (PB’S) in all of my events. My best per­for­mance of the meet was the 200m breast­stroke. Go­ing into the race I was ranked 35th, but af­ter drop­ping over 4 sec­onds off my PB, I came out ranked 18th!

“It was such an amaz­ing feel­ing to think I came in the top 20 in Australia.”

Bianca was quick to point out it was a team ef­fort.

“My coach Den­nis Valen­tine helped me to achieve the best I could. The South Australia aquatic fa­cil­ity was so dif­fer­ent and un­fa­mil­iar but amaz­ing at the same time. We even got our own per­sonal ath­lete and coach passes to en­ter the pool. It is just like what you see on TV, with the com­men­tat­ing, live stream­ing, big crowds and loud mu­sic be­tween races,” Bianca said, a lit­tle over­whelmed.

“The warmup and cool down pool was com­plete chaos! I thought that there were lots of swim­mers at the Syd­ney SOPAC fa­cil­ity un­til I saw this. There is barely enough room to swim – fins here, kick boards there, arms here, legs there and splash­ing ev­ery­where,” she laughed.

“Be­ing a kid from the bush, this op­por­tu­nity couldn’t get much bet­ter. Apart from the chaotic warm up and cool down pool, it is def­i­nitely an ex­pe­ri­ence to re­mem­ber.

“Swim­ming at Nationals has helped me reach goals and set new ones for the 2019/2020 sea­son. It has made me want to keep train­ing hard for the up­com­ing NSW All Schools com­pe­ti­tion at Home­bush this month,” Bianca added.

Hamish swam in the drain­ing 400 me­tres freestyle.

“Nationals was un­like any­where I had swum be­fore with ac­cred­i­ta­tion passes to get into the pool! Our races were be­ing filmed with com­men­tary and we were mar­shalled just like pro­fes­sion­als at the big Games you see on TV,” he told Dubbo

“Know­ing that I was swim­ming with the peo­ple who are the best at what they do, and the next Na­tional and even Olympic cham­pi­ons, was great to ex­pe­ri­ence.”

With the Dubbo RSL Pool ex­pected to be open next month, our young cham­pi­ons Bianca, Hamish and oth­ers will go into next sea­son swim­fit for an­other at­tack on the Nationals!

Coach Den­nis Valen­tine with Bianca Fuller and Hamish Wood.

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