ARRIVING in town only a month ago, Jayne Hoffman made finding a place to swim a priority.

The new principal at Yarwun State School, Hoffman soon stumbled upon the Gladstone Gropers Masters Swimming Club.

Now, only a few weeks into training, she already has the privilege of swimming in the home pool at her first competition.

Along with a number of other relative newcomers, Hoffman is keen to make an impression, as is Richard Furness.

Furness has been with the Gropers six months, and is going into his first home meet as well.

He is hoping to find the form he used to have in his teens.

"I used to do a lot of swimming as a teen and got back into it," Furness said.

"I have five events plus some relays. I want to beat the 30-year-olds. The older ones? Well them too."

Hoffman will also be contesting five events in the carnival, and may be asked to take part in some relays come Saturday afternoon's meet, which kicks off at noon at John Dahl Pool.



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