Stars to shine at City of Charm
SWIMMING: Fairymead Swimming Club coach Paul Simms has called on the people of Bundaberg to cheer on the local stars in their annual City of Charm Carnival this weekend.
Fairymead has entered a team of 41 for the event at Norville Pool, while a smaller Bundaberg Across The Waves club contingent will also fly the local flag.
All of Fairymead's national and state medallists including Kyle and Jeremy Rethamel, Charlie Cox, Zac Swift, Zoe Reinke and Indy Burt will be in action.
But with super clubs Waterworx of Brisbane and Miami and schools powerhouse Ipswich Grammar to again have big teams and with swimmers coming from as far north as Rockhampton, competition will be fierce.
"But the way Kyle trained (yesterday) morning, he should smash them this weekend, including in the 200m events," Simms said.
"He is also a big chance at the (14 years men's) age champion - he has not won it at this carnival in the past because you have to do all four strokes to qualify, and he's hasn't done all of them in the past but he will this time.
"I'm also excited about Jeremy - since he made the Australian junior rep team in the New Zealand pool rescue championships a few weeks ago, he's been training the house down.
"He has not been doing as many sessions, five a week with his year 11 school commitments, but he's got the attitude that when he's in the pool, he'll blow them away, and Zac is always up there.
"Jeremy and Josh Ward will give us a good show in the 200m and 400m freestyle and Kyle is up against them in the 400 free.
"Charlie is an Australian champion and a state record holder but he twisted his knee at school.
"He had his first session since Tuesday (yesterday) which is disappointing because we were keen to see him in the 400 medley but the good thing is because he has worked so hard, he won't lose too much fitness.
"There's also the other usual suspects like Zoe and Ammon Lammi, and of young ones coming through, we're expecting one big tussle between Connor Simms, Indy Burt and Hervey Bay's Charlie Elder in the boys 10 years.
"Also the McClure siblings, Lachy, 10, Tom, eight, and Chloe, 12, who are new from Sunshine Coast all should swim well.
Simms named Megan Gianotti (Waterworx) and Cade Fasala (St Peter's) as others to watch.
"Megan has won plenty of national medals, and it's not very often we see kids of her quality here - Cade also has a lot of national medals and he's six foot four and 100kg, a mountain of a man at the age of 15," he said.
The carnival will start with 10 distance events tonight from 6.30pm, with an action packed program to continue tomorrow from 8.30am-3.30pm, finishing with another session on Sunday, again starting at 8.30am and finishing around 12.30pm.