Photo from back; Teacher Matt Keatley, Nik Constantinopoulos, Gerard Meyers, Trent Ritter, Henry Lambert, Milton Kelsh, Kale Olds, Simon Geldenhuip. Middle Alana Hancock, Tayla Stirling, Meg Sheasby, Katherine Turner, Brooke Traeger, Xanthia Clark, Coen George, max Lambert, Mitchell Schwert, Cameron Wilson. Front Demi and Alana Lynch, Madi McShane, Mia Meyers, Maddy Izzo, Ania Constantinopoulos, Yemeya Coleman-Smith
The FAR WEST Secondary School Swimming Team dominated in C division to win the boys shield, girls shield and overall champions last week. The team travelled to Adelaide from Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Whyalla and Port Augusta representing the Eyre Peninsulas secondary schools. Saint Josephs, Navigator College, Samaritan College, Ceduna Area School, Whyalla High and Port Augusta’s Caritas College. In the past four years the team has moved from the bottom division up five divisions and will next year compete in B division against some of Adelaide’s top private schools and giving them the opportunity to be part of the 2015 Pacific School Games being held in Adelaide.
This was a unique team effort that combined and showcased the regions talent. The boys dominated consistently to place first in most events and in every relay event, narrowly missing a long standing relay record. The girls also showed their strength placing consistently in the top three despite a strong challenge from Loxton and Glenunga. The boys open relay team was well out front with Henry Lambert, Simon Gelenhuip, Cameron Wilson and Gerard Meyers all posting sub 27 seconds for their 50 free swims. Kale Olds came out of nowhere to cut his 50m freestyle by 7 seconds to a 30 sec best time. Cameron Wilson and Brooke Traeger led out the morning with the fly in their usual strong style to finish in first and second place respectively and continued the meet in great form. Henry and Max Lambert, Simon Geldenhuip, Coen George, Trent Ritter, Mitchell Schwert, Gerard Meyers and Milton Kelsh for the boys were literally running from one event to another displaying their fitness and sportsmanship throughout the meet. Not to be outdone Brooke Traeger, Alana Hancock, Tayla Stirling, Yemeya Coleman-Smith, Xanthia Clark, Meg Sheasby, Demi and Adele Lynch were also constantly on the move between events and absolutely shined during the relays. Captains Henry Lambert and Brooke Traeger represented the team with style at presentations. Every member of the team contributed to the win and is to be congratulated on their behaviour, team spirit and sportsmanship. Thank you to parents for their support, St Joseph’s teacher Matt Keatley and Coach Carolyn Veldhuyzen.
Author - Sonia Ford
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