DIVING INTO NEW SEASON: James Hadley, Zac Reid, Alex Reddacliff, Keely Schloss and Paige Connelly are set for the swimming season.
DIVING INTO NEW SEASON: James Hadley, Zac Reid, Alex Reddacliff, Keely Schloss and Paige Connelly are set for the swimming season. Claudia Williams

Swimmers dive in to chase PBs as season begins

THE swimming season is under way and the Kingaroy Swimming Club held its first club night of the season on Tuesday.

Many swimmers started their training at the beginning of October, but for the club's aspiring state and national swimmers, the cooler autumn and winter weather didn't stop them from doing laps.

Swimming through the off-season at Nanango Aquatic Centrehas paid off for James Hadley who recorded a personal best in 100m butterfly at last weekend's carnival at Toowoomba.

He has his sights set on qualifying for nationals in 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke this season, and will be looking to continue setting new personal best times when Kingaroy hosts the South Burnett Challenge Carnival on Saturday.

The carnival will involve 30 swimmers, from Kilkivan, Murgon and Kingaroy, and James is hopeful of a new personal best time.

"I am getting my technique fixed up at the moment which is really helping,” he said.

Fellow Kingaroy swimmer Keely Schloss trained through the winter for the first time this year with the aim of shaving 0.09 seconds off her 50m backstroke time to qualify for the state championships.

She is looking forward to getting stuck into the new season.

"I am really enjoying being back in the pool,” she said.

The swimmers are working hard to better their times and new club president Russell Schloss said that was what weekly Tuesday club nights were all about.

"It is not about winning, it is about participating and doing your personal best,” he said.

"You are not going to be club champion if you win the most races here and don't do any PBs.”

Kingaroy is the only club in the South Burnett affiliated with Swimming Queensland and Schloss said the club was looking to rebuild and continue to be competitive at carnivals across the state.

"We want to secure up our club, and with the upheaval of the pool and the uncertainty of what is going on we have been trying to be proactive,” Schloss said.

"We want the kids to do their best and give them the opportunities in the future.

"We know this year may not be our best year but we are hoping we can build into next year and get things going.

"It is about getting kids in the water and we want to provide a club that is first and foremost safe for them and gives them a chance to come and train and do what they do.”

Swim club runs from 5.45pm every Tuesday at Kingaroy swimming pool.

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