Grammar Swimmers make a splash at Australian Open Championships

Sunshine Coast Grammar Swimming Team has continued to show its strength and dominance in the pool at the recent Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide, bringing home a haul of medals and personal bests, and finishing in 16th position overall in the club point score.

Nineteen Grammar swimmers competed across the Multi-Class Championships, Australian Age Championships and Australian Open Championships in Adelaide during April and May and won 13 medals and competed in 32 finals.

Stand out performers, Grace Brimelow and Kael Thompson tore up the pool taking home four Gold, three Silver and one Bronze between them at the Australian Multi-Class Championships.

Five swimmers qualified for the Australian Age Championships for the first time and claimed two Bronze, and one Silver and appeared in nine finals.

The Club has been under the direction of Head Coach, Luke Stafford who has guided athletes to successfully compete in regional, state and national championships since its inaugural 2017/2018 season.   

“It’s not easy to qualify for these events. These swimmers are 100% dedicated to our sport and it’s extremely satisfying to see them reaping the rewards”, said Mr Stafford

Stepping up to compete against the best open aged swimmers in the country, the team competed with integrity and grit and took home 1 Bronze and made an impressive twelve finals. This team have been competing at the National Age Championships for several years and are a force to be reckoned with.

“Our swimmers are always preparing. Most of our athletes train up to 25 hours per week in the pool and the gym. It’s a massive responsibility and I am so proud of each of them for showing up every day with passion and pride”, said Mr Stafford.

The Club is now turning its focus to the short course season in August with the Queensland Short Course Championships in Brisbane and the Australian Short Course Championships in Sydney.

There are also a number of swimmers who have been selected to represent the Queensland School Sport Swimming Team and will be competing at the Australian School Sport Swimming Championships in August.