TAMWORTH City had an “excellent” summer and has the awards to prove it.
Twenty six club members were recognised for their efforts over the 2012/13 season through the nation-wide Junior Excellence Program (JX).
The program “recognises rewards and encourages junior swimmers who, through their development of aquatic skills and fitness, achieve a high standard of swimming excellence”.
It is for swimmers aged 9-13 and acknowledges swimmers who achieve times set by Swimming Australia for their respective age group.
There are five different levels swimmers can receive JX awards for – green, bronze, silver, gold and gold star.
Gold star is the highest and, to qualify, swimmers have to reach the standards in more than three events.
“It’s a big performance to get to gold star,” Tamworth City coach Nicolas Monet said.
“It means they’re pretty versatile.”
The club had two swimmers perform at gold star level – Mikaela Short (10yrs) and Chris Taggart (9yrs).
Short was also a gold star recipient last year.
Then she was the only one.
Numbers were generally up this year, with 22 swimmers making the standard last year.
“It’s very encouraging,” Monet said.
The club’s results have it ranked among the top 30 per cent nationally.
“As a team it’s great to be able to be part of the top 30 per cent,” Monet said.
William Burnett (9yrs), Ryan Taggart (9yrs) and Nathan Summers (9yrs) achieved gold level, Josie Chick (11yrs), Annie Hobson (13yrs) Molly Johns (12yrs), Lara Taggart (11yrs) and Eloise Turner (10yrs) silver, Mikayla Gross (10yrs), Patrick Bolte (11yrs), Ed George (11yrs), Amelia Summers (12yrs), Alex Taggart (11yrs), Isabelle Turner (13yrs) and Liam Mair (11yrs) bronze while Alex Farmer (13yrs), Nicholas Farmer (11yrs), Daisy George (9yrs), Joe Mitchell (9yrs), Rebecca Short (13yrs), Lucy-Kate Thompson (9yrs), Robert Mair (10yrs), Ellie Williams (12yrs) and Tom Mair (9yrs) picked up green awards.
The cooler months haven’t meant any rest. The swimmers have been working hard over the winter training at 360.
Monet said numbers were pretty good with around 50 swimmers – up on last year – involved in the winter program.
“Some of them are already at the same level they were at the end of last summer,” he said.
At the moment they are training out of Scully Pool, but will move to their Tamworth City base when the weather gets a bit warmer.