by Molly Hancock
Swimming: The annual regional swimming carnival in Charleville on Friday was a chance for southwest swimmers aged
10 to 19 to make a claim on the state titles.
The carnival was the next level of competition for swimmers who had won at their district swimming carnivals and they were keen to battle it out for a spot at the state level.
Swimmers came from Miles, Chinchilla, Cunnamulla, Balonne, Tara, Roma and Charleville.
Over the various strokes on the day, it was Tom Bannister from Chinchilla who set a record for the 17-19 year age group for the 50m breaststroke.
Even though Bannister was the
only competitor in the
race that did not stop him from going his hardest and swimming the length in a mere 33.12 seconds.
Not only did Chinchilla provide talent in the pool, it was crowned the overall winning district for the day, with nine age group champions.
Aimee Forbes from Charleville district and Lochlan Fraser from Chinchilla district took
out the 10-year-old age group, followed by Cate Bishop and Nathan
Rollings, both from Chinchilla, and Tyson Gilmour from Miles district winning the 11-year-old age group.
Alice Iverson and Adam Francis from Chinchilla district won the age champions for 12-year-olds and Annabel Flower from Roma district and Harley Scutchings from Chinchilla district dominated in the pool to win the 13-year-old category.
Other age group champions for years 14-18 included Emily McNulty (Roma district), Callum Bell (Miles district), Haylee Cherry (Roma district) Patterson Bannister (Chinchilla district), Heidi Mair (Charleville District), Mitchell Pogan (Miles District), Macy Hammer- meister (Chinchilla District) and Tom Bannister (Chinchilla District).
The Les Williams Open Shield given to athletes with the most points for 100m events was awarded to Emily McNulty, and Deon Schouten and Mitchell Pogan in a tie.