Grant, Molli, Isaac, Ruby, Sasha, Tobi and Luke are getting ready to compete in state swimming. Absent: Violet and Monique.
Grant, Molli, Isaac, Ruby, Sasha, Tobi and Luke are getting ready to compete in state swimming. Absent: Violet and Monique. Elaelah Harley

Kilkivan swimmers splashing to success

KILKIVAN State School students are making school history with their swimming efforts this year.

The Kilkivan Stingrays Swimming Club has many students representing the club for impressive titles, including state and Wide Bay competitions.

Tobi, a student competing in the upcoming state sprints, is very excited for the club's triumphs.

"For state sprints we have five students that qualify, in a total of eight events. There are also nine Wide Bay swimmers this season with 24 events. We've never had numbers like this,” she said.

According to Tobi, everyone has been trying their hardest to prepare.

"We've got morning trainings as well as afternoon trainings, and most of these guys show up each time,” she said.

"To get ready, we've practised starts and turns a lot, and lots of strategies to get faster.

"We're really excited, because state is pretty much a first for all of us. Most of us have gotten to Wide Bay also, but then again, some of us haven't, so everyone is really excited.”

According to Kilkivan State School principal Boyd Mclean, a big donation can help the club and student representatives do even better next year.

"Deb Frecklington supported us with $35,000 to get heating, which hopefully will allow us to open up the pool for a few extra months per year, which is a huge help for these guys,” he said.