For the first time in a 59-year history, both Mandurah Swimming Club and Peel Aquatic Club teamed up to host the two-day Country Pennants event in Mandurah over the long weekend in March. It is one of the largest events on the Swimming WA calendar, pitting up-and-coming swimmers from country regions around Western Australia against each other.
Over 740 athletes participated in the event. Moora Swimming Club sent 30 swimmers to compete in C Grade; and ten swimmers from the Gingin Aquatic Super Seals squad also attended the competition, swimming in E Grade.
Moora took home line honours in the C Division with a score of 783 points. Moora Swimming Club members also managed to set new C Grade Country Pennant records — Michelle Seymour in the 50m Senior Breaststroke and 50m Senior Freestyle; John Main in the 50m Senior Freestyle; Kurt Viskovich in the 50m Senior Breaststroke and Olivia Boulton in the 50m 13yrs Backstroke.
Gingin Super Seals finished in third place, falling short of second by a close 28 points, with Esperance taking line honours with an impressive 585 points.
Coach Beck Foulkes-Taylor heaped praise on her swimmers: “We were really impressed with the effort and determination our team put in and how they competed over the weekend, overall it was a great two days for our club and I think our swimmers really enjoyed the opportunity to participate in what was for many their first state competition.”
Kendra Venn finished second in the Girls 10 and Under 50m Freestyle in an impressive time of 50:00. Kendra also achieved gold in the breaststroke and bronze in the Girls 10 and Under 50m Backstroke. Steven Bailey achieved first places for all four strokes in the Boys 11 and Under — an outstanding result for Steven and the club.
Fenella Brady finished with a bronze in the Girls 15 and Under 50m Backstroke and a first-place finish in the Girls 15 and Under 50m Butterfly. Hope Kavanagh achieved gold in the Girls 13 and Under Freestyle and Backstroke swims.
Daniel and Ebony White also assisted the club to it’s third-place finish with Daniel achieving bronze in the 50m Butterfly, Silver in 50m Backstroke and Gold for Breaststroke 50m. Ebony shone in the 100m Over 17 Breaststroke in an impressive time of 1:33.76; and Ebony’s outstanding 50 metre Backstroke was swum in an impressive time of 36:43, all achieved with only six weeks of training.
Hayley Noblett finished with a Gold in the Girls 14 and Under 50m Freestyle, while Gregor du Plessi, at his first State event, succeeded with a second in the Boys 15 and Under 50m Freestyle, Breaststroke 50m, Backstroke and 50m Butterfly; also achieving PB’s for all four strokes.
Gingin Aquatic Super Seals coach, Beck Foulkes-Taylor also competed, achieving a personal best time for the 100m Women’s Open Freestyle to finish with a Silver, and a Silver in the Women 50m Open Freestyle. Beck also achieved a first place in the Women’s Open 50m Butterfly.
Moora Swimming Club coach Luke Jackson was recognised during the competition for the fantastic achievement of attending 21 consecutive Country Pennants events, with 20 of those being as a competitor. Luke was also recognised by Swimming WA as the ‘Volunteer of the Month’ in January 2018, for his ongoing commitment and dedication to the Moora Swimming Club and Country Swimming. Well done Luke, you legend!
In 2019, the Country Pennants will be held in Karratha, and Moora will be competing in B grade. If you are interested in swimming competitively, why not head down to the Moora Pool when the season recommences in October this year. The club would also like to especially thank the following sponsors who have assisted us this season with our fundraising events: Meers IGA Moora, Water Corporation, Moora Lions Club, Manavi Farm and Gull Moora.
To discuss attendance and membership of Gingin Super Seals for the 2018/2019 season please contact Beck on 0428 310 734 or check out the club’s Facebook page, Gingin Aquatic Super Seals.