Swim stars shine at NSW championships .
A squad of Lake Macquarie athletes has earned its place among the top 10 swim teams in NSW, with star performers now poised to compete at national level.
The 11 young swimmers from Charlestown Swim Club placed ninth of 70 clubs at the recent 2019 NSW Country Championships, beating squads from much larger clubs in regional NSW.
Team members pictured above are, back row – Aden Searant, Zachary Renshaw, Charlie Walker, Adelle Austin, and front row – Demi Parsons, Brodie Wright, Kelsey van Eldick, Mayor Kay Fraser, Breanna James, Alex Walker.
Club Coach Karen Leth said many of Charlestown’s 11 competitors at the Championships achieved personal best times in their chosen events.
Some went one better, recording times fast enough to qualify for national competition,” Ms Leth said.
We are so proud of all our competitors. Their results show what is possible through commitment and determination.”
They included 18-year-old Aden Searant, who took out silver in the 50m backstroke, and 14-year-old Charlie Walker, who won bronze in the 200m backstroke and 400m individual medley events.
At just 11 years old, Charlie’s younger brother, Alex, is too young to compete at national level, but showed his future potential with gold medals in the 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley.
Ms Leth said that while 13-year-old Kelsey van Eldick did not win a medal at the Championships, her times in the 100m and 200m breaststroke meant she qualified for national competition.
Aden, Charlie and Kelsey will compete next month at the national championships in South Australia.
Other members of the Charlestown Swim Club squad were: Nathaniel Dean, Adelle Austin, Zachary Renshaw, Demi Parsons, Charles Walker, Hallie Boucher, Breanna James and Brodie Wright.