PROMISING young swimmers from Central Aquatic and Lifesaving Club in Bayswater will contest in a summer swim series to prepare for next year’s national long-course championships.
The club will participate in the Westpac Summer League Series in October, a series for swimmers of all levels and ages.
Coach Wayne de Lacy said three boys were trying to qualify for the Australian Swimming Championships and Australian Age Swimming Championships, both to be held next April.
“They are progressing quite well, we are winning medals at state championships which is what we want from Jacob, one of the younger ones at 13, to Adrian (16) and Jackson (17),” he said.
“That was over short-course, now we are going into the long-course season which starts on October 1 and hopefully they step up from there.”
He said swimmers at the club had a tough training regime.
“We got a couple of boys that are really talented…it is not about what they do now, I want them to be there when they are 18 or 20 years of age when they are going to be physically strong enough,” he said.
“These boys are training anywhere between six and eight a week at the moment, so they still got room to rest.
“The boys have had a great amount of success and hopefully they continue on with that.”
President Perry de Lacy said the inaugural swim series focused on bringing communities together.
“It is basically aimed at retaining kids and bridging the gap between novice and competitive swimmers,” he said.
“There will be four carnivals each and one of those will be here on October 29.”
He said it would serve as a good warm-up series for the national hopefuls.
“They will probably get seeded with times so no one can finish 20-30m in front of everyone else, so hopefully it will be a reasonably close race,” he said.
“I have got so much admiration for them and they are very committed at a young age…they are enjoying themselves and they are off the streets and doing a disciplined sport.”