It has been a busy season for Muswellbrook Amateur RSL Youth Swimming Club members.
While competing in qualifying carnivals where times are recorded, three members have qualified for the 2013 NSW Country Swimming Championships.
Joseph Hamson, 9, John Langley, 16, and William Moore, 20, will compete against the top swimmers in the state at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on February 23 and 24.
It is the first time Hamson and Moore will have the opportunity to compete at this level.
They have qualified for the 50-metre freestyle events in their respective age groups.
“This year I just ticked the box (to have qualifying times recorded) to see how I would go,” Moore laughed.
Langley has four events over the two days, hitting the water for the 50-metre butterfly and the 100-metre backstroke, freestyle and butterfly events.
“It is spread out over the two days, so it shouldn’t be too bad,” he said.
Last year Langley was the only Muswellbrook Amateur RSL Youth Swimming Club member to compete at the championships.
“For the size of the club we have, its good to have as many representing as we do,” club coach Tim Greentree said.
After competing in Sydney, the trio will return to their home pool for the RSL Youth Movement State Swimming Carnival.
The event, on March 2, will be the first time Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre has hosted a state-level carnival since the 1950s.
Swimmers represent club
Twenty-seven members of Muswellbrook Amateur RSL Youth Swimming Club members have qualified to represent their club at the RSL Youth Movement State Swimming Carnival at Muswellbrook on March 2.
The swimmers are Chelsey Ellis, Alice Small, Isobel Bates, Lucy Britten, Olivia Hamson, Shae Reynolds, Meg Southcombe, Abbey Ellis, Polly Britten, Nicole Boeckx, Jackie Lockhart, Maddy Hamson, Wil Southcombe, Hayden Bull, Joseph Hamson, Issak Small, Damon Boeckx, Ryan Lockhart, Kye Reynolds, Thomas Small, Bailey Ellis, John Langley, Caleb Hamson, Shawn Honeysett, John Langley, William Moore and Jordan Solly.
Tim Greentree has been appointed the zone coach.
Denman swimmers - including Rachel Barry, Amy Thompson, Larnie Chapman, Ellie Morgan, Emma Thompson and Ned Chapman - will also be swimming at the carnival.