Three talented Port Lincoln swimmers from the West Coast Swimming Club have been selected to compete at the 2014 School Sport Australia Swimming Championships in Melbourne from the 20th - 26th of July 2014. As members of the South Australian Team these young women were selected based upon their exceptional performances at SAPSASA or SASSSA state competitions earlier in the year. Both Jade Calverley and Ellie McInerney will be competing in the SWD category having both previously representing the state on a number of other occasions. Jade will be competing in the S6 category against swimmers with a similar disability and is a key member of the team competing in 7 individual and 2 relay events. She has cited her goal at this meet is to improve her 200m Individual Medley swim. She is currently ranked 23rd in the word by the International Paralympic Committee in this event and will be looking to improve her time of 4 minutes 18 seconds recorded at the Australian Age Championships in Sydney earlier this year. Ellie McInerney has added a number of longer distance events to her repertoire and is looking forward to representing South Australia in the 200m freestyle. She also has a very full program competing in 6 individual and 2 team events. Ellie is hoping to further improve her breastroke times after showing considerable improvement in this stroke at recent point score events. India Copland is the final member of the team and this is her first opportunity to swim as part of a touring South Australian team. India has shown great dedication to training over the past weeks travelling from Tumby Bay to hit the water at 7am three mornings a week. She has been required to attend team information and training sessions at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide. Normally called upon for her breastroke talents, 12 year old India has been selected to compete in the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle as well as both team relay events. India has currently recorded a personal best 50 freestyle time of 31.97 and will be looking to work as close as possible to the 30 second mark in Melbourne. The West Coast Swimming Club would like to wish all three girls the best of luck at the championships and we are exceedingly proud of their achievements. We would also like to take this opportunity to encourage as many members of the wider community to support the clubs efforts to secure a new aquatic facility for Port Lincoln. The Port Lincoln City Council has released a further survey requiring your valued opinion so that the $10 million dollars set aside in the councils Long Term Financial Plan can be allocated towards an approved and contracted project.
Sonia Ford is our publicity officer and would love to hear of noteworthy news items from our swimming community!