Bell's Bullets aim high
SWIMMING: Boyne Bullets Swimming Club head coach Kate Bell admits she has been 'blown' away by her athletes' commitment ahead of tomorrow's Liquid Energy Swim Meet.
She will be in charge of 29 eager swimmers at the Gladiators Swimming Club and said the youngsters have relished the work load.
"Preparation has been great and we have been working on developing our kids' working base and have really admired the way they have stepped up to the increased training challenges,” Bell said.
The coach, who came to the Bullets last season, explained there have been two areas which has been the main focus at training.
"The training areas of focus for the kids currently has been, A, on building their aerobic base and increasing volume and then, B, on developing their ability to get through race pace sets,” Bell said.
"So I guess you could say the focus has been on developing mental toughness as much as anything.”
Tyler Camman, 11, said a hard training schedule will put him in good stead.
"I am competing in all strokes, freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly in 50m and 100m as well as the 200m individual medley,” he said.
"My personal goal at this competition would be to improve my PBs and hopefully qualify for state champs in breaststroke. I would love to place in some events.”
Tom and Sally Vagg also have high hopes.
"My strengths are the butterfly events and I am challenging myself by trying the 200m butterfly for the first time,” Sally said.
Her brother Tom will have a busy day.
"I will be competing in the afternoon swim events as I will be playing cricket for the BITS Stars under-14s in the morning,” he said.
"The events I will be participating in are 50 and 100m backstroke, 50 and 100m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 200 IM.”