Young gun’s pool calling
Ella is loving life in the pool after tackling first carnival jitters
SWIMMING: The days are getting warmer and Christmas holidays are approaching – it’s time to hop into the pool.
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!”
KEEN SWIMMER: 10-year-old Ella McGlashan is taking it all in her stride after competing in her first swimming carnival recently.