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Posted on 3 December, 2019 in Community

Mingara Aquatics – A weekend of wins!

By Binns Rebecca

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Swimmers have recently represented Mingara from Coast to Coast around the world with amazing results.

Toowoon Bay Ocean Swim

 

Toowoon Bay Ocean Swim 2019

It was a great day out at the Toowoon Bay Ocean Swim. Over 80 members of our Mingara swimming family participated, some for the first time. The ocean swim had something for everyone, distances ranged from 400m to 2km with many swimmers choosing to swim in multiple races. Mingara Aquatics swimmers included eight-year-old Gemma Egan from Mingara AquaticsTransition who was thought to be the youngest swimmer in the 400m event but it was Stella O’Brien who celebrated her 8th Birthday on the day – Mingara’s youngest competitor on the day.

Mingara Superstars at home

At the other end, both Coach Tony Curran and Lisa Critoph contested the 2km event with Lisa winning her undisclosed age group. Personal Trainer, Marty Pappas from Mingara One Fitness took out his age group win for the day. His training client, Rebecca Binns was spotted giving her all coming 9th out of 27 for her age group.

In the open 2km event, High-Performance swimmer Bryn Gaha finished 2nd and his teammate Jazzmyn Fillingham finished 3rd in the women’s event. Both swimmers also representing Shelly Beach surf club. Our amazing parents and children appeared all through the age group results. The complete race results can be found at Toowoon Bay Ocean Swim 2019.

…and away

Mingara Swim Club members Bradley Woodward and James Koch have been competing as part of the Australian Life-Saving team, contesting the German Cup. This benchmark competition serves as the unofficial world championships.

In their first event, 200m Freestyle with obstacles, James placed 2nd and Bradley took out 1st which was a new World Record for that event! Later in the day, the boys joined with another two teammates to take out the 200m Obstacle Relay, again in a new World Record time. James who trains in our High-Performance squad went on to claim a title of his own, winning the 100m Manikin Tow. James competed in five individual events and in four of these, his time was faster than the current Australian record. This was James’ first big event and he truly did a great job of representing his country and those cheering him on from back home.

 

Across the Channel

Representing Australia in Leeds, High-Performance swimmer Kaylah Holmes competed as part of the Development Team at the Commonwealth Life Saving Championship (under 20’s division). Following in her teammates path Kaylah pulled out a best-ever performance to win the 50m Manikin carry (it weighs 60kg).

Kaylah swam personal bests in her other races including a four sec PB in the Super Life Saver event and we hope that she will be able to follow James as a member of the Australian team in the near future.

What a weekend, congratulations to all who swam and helped to make the events so enjoyable.

 

 

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