YOUNG GUN: India Bates, 4, was the youngest competitor at the swim meet and had to borrow bathers that were too big for her. She finished second in the 25m freestyle and backstroke.
YOUNG GUN: India Bates, 4, was the youngest competitor at the swim meet and had to borrow bathers that were too big for her. She finished second in the 25m freestyle and backstroke. Mike Richards GLA131018SWIM

Rain doesn't dull the Spring Sprint Meet

SWIMMING: A little rain wasn't going to dampen the spirits of almost 200 junior swimmers who competed in the Wests Spring Sprint Meet at the weekend.

The club had hoped to hit triple figures in participation but almost doubled that total with 185 swimmers taking part, including 50 from the Boyne Tannum Bullets, 39 from Gladstone Gladiators and 28 from Wests.

Swimmers also trekked from Rockhampton and Biloela to test themselves for the first meet at the Western Suburbs Pool for the new season.

 

Noah Wemmerslager in the Under-7 Boys Breaststroke.
Noah Wemmerslager in the Under-7 Boys Breaststroke. Mike Richards GLA131018WEST

There were plenty of highlights in the freshly resurfaced pool including a debut swim meet for four-year-old Wests swimmer India Bates.

India took to the pool with six-year-old sister Cleo and brother Byron, eight.

However, India's first swim meet started in unwanted fashion with a slight wardrobe mishap that almost prevented her from lining up at the blocks.

"We accidentally left her (togs) at home so I had to borrow a pair for her while we were there," mother Rebel Bates said.

"She's a four and had to wear a kids' size 12 so I had to strap it up with a hair tie."

 

Timekeepers were kept busy throughout the day.
Timekeepers were kept busy throughout the day. Mike Richards GLA131018WEST

India, Cleo and Byron recently joined Wests and all three came home with medals and ribbons.

"(India) was really excited to be with them in the water and she was very content with her placings," Rebel said.

"They're doing really well there (Wests) and are really happy with their training and excited at what's to come.

"I've had them in the water since the time they've been born and they've all been able to swim on their own from about two and a half.

"They've always loved the water."



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