YES COACH: Kingaroy representative swimmers with their coach, Terry Dunn.
YES COACH: Kingaroy representative swimmers with their coach, Terry Dunn. Matt Collins

Kingaroy swim stars Dunn good

SWIMMING: Kingaroy swim coach Terri Dunn is proud of her team of dedicated junior swimmers.

Manager and head coach at Kingaroy Aquatic Centre, Dunn is getting the swim team ready for this weekend's Wide Bay long course championships.

"It's a big achievement for the region,” she said.

"I don't think they have had that many from here for a long time.”

There are five Kingaroy swimmers diving into the Wide Bay event.

James Hadley, 16, Zach Reid, 14, Alex Redcliffe, 12, Paige Connolly and Sarah Adcock, both 10.

IN THE DEEP END: Kingaroy representative swimmers enjoy a break from their dedicated training.
IN THE DEEP END: Kingaroy representative swimmers enjoy a break from their dedicated training. Matt Collins

Some of the swimmers are attempting to get national qualifying times.

"If they get the times they need, they can go to Adelaide for the Australian age national championships,” Dunn said.

"They are close, we will just see.”

BOYS WILL BE BOYS: Alex Reddacliffe, Zachary Reid and James Hadley on the blocks.
BOYS WILL BE BOYS: Alex Reddacliffe, Zachary Reid and James Hadley on the blocks. Matt Collins

The passionate swimmers train up to 10 two hour sessions a week.

"I am lucky to have such dedicated kids,” Dunn said.

"They start at 5am and then come back for an afternoon session at 4pm.”

While the former Brisbane-based swim coach appreciates their commitment, she also understands the kids have other priorities.

"School and homework is the priority,” she said.

ON YOUR MARKS: Kingaroy swimmers, Grace Langley, Sarah Adcock and Paige Connelly.
ON YOUR MARKS: Kingaroy swimmers, Grace Langley, Sarah Adcock and Paige Connelly. Matt Collins

Dunn was a swimming coach in Brisbane for 30 years and has various ways of getting the most out of her squad.

"They do dry-land training for half an hour on Mondays and Fridays,” she said.

"We incorporate strength and conditioning and mental work as well. Like visualisation and relaxation.”

After her time in Brisbane, Dunn is very happy with her decision to move to Kingaroy.

"I've met some beautiful people here,” she said.

"And the kids are great. I fall in love with them always.”

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