Inspired by Commonwealth games swimmer Bowles’ top pool form
ROCKHAMPTON City Swim competitors will have memories of Commonwealth Games swimmer Alanna Bowles' recent performances tucked into their swimming caps when they dive into the pool this weekend.
A strong contingent of 10 competitors from Rocky City hope to continue the club's success when they contest the Queensland Short Course Championships at Chandler Aquatic Centre in Brisbane starting tomorrow night.
Rocky City coach Shane Kingston said the entire swim squad was inspired and motivated by Bowles' recent endeavours at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships at the Gold Coast last weekend.
"Obviously as a whole club we are quite motivated at the moment with everything that Larnie (Bowles) has had over the last month, so they're progressing really well and the younger boys are really putting their hands up and wanting some medals," Kingston said.
"They're all training very well at the moment and trying to make that progression forward."
Kingston said with summer approaching, the swimmers were more eager than ever to perform in their chosen events.
"They're enjoying the sun being back out and a bit of warmth back in the water. It's always good and makes it easier to get up in the morning ready to train. Bring on summer," the coach said.
"We have events ranging from 1500m down to our sprinters in the 50s, so a fairly wide program.
"They each get a go in their top events so that is always good and gives them a good indication of where they're at leading into summer."
Rocky City Swim Club members Ty Hartwell, Mark Griggs, Amy Keen, Liam Richardson, Logan Whitfield, Joshua McErlean, Sam Tollasepp, Matthew Richardson, Kate Hudson and Cameron Clark will contest the event with Kingston tipping Whitfield, Hartwell and Hudson to dominate.
"Out of this next level of swimmers coming through the club, the usual suspects Logan Whitfield and Ty Hartwell are really leading the group of boys coming through," he said.
"We have a couple of new members to the club that made the short-course qualifiers, so they're putting their hand up to have a crack as well.
"We have our older sprinter Kate Hudson coming through and leading that charge as well.
"No doubt it will be a very strong meet. There is a state team chosen for the team challenge at the AIS in the September and that has developed into a major goal for the swimmers."