Kingaroy Swim Club's Alex Reddacliff and Keeley Schloss are off to Noosa for the 2018 Wide Bay Winter Short Course Championships.
Kingaroy Swim Club's Alex Reddacliff and Keeley Schloss are off to Noosa for the 2018 Wide Bay Winter Short Course Championships. Marguerite Cuddihy

Swim club set for short course championships

SWIMMING: Kingaroy Swimming Club may be small, but they are mighty.

This weekend four representatives from the club are heading to Noosa to take part in the 2018 Wide Bay winter short course championships.

Club president Russell Schloss said this was all due to their hard work and determination.

"We're such a small club but this just proves our kids can compete against year-round clubs and that's something we're very proud of,” he said.

"Kingaroy is the only active swimming club in the South Burnett so it's important we keep it going.”

Schloss said the club's focus was on swimming personal bests, not winning.

"That way they're their own competition in the pool.”

The swimmers who will be proudly representing Kingaroy are Alex Reddacliff (11), Keeley Schloss (13), Zac Reid (14) and Paige Connelly (13).

Keeley, who has spent most of the season out of the pool with tonsillitis, is rip-roaring and ready to go after finally getting her tonsils removed a few weeks ago.

"I can't wait to get back in the pool,” she said.

"And I love the friendliness of everyone in the club.”

Keeley has qualified for four events at the short course championships.

"I love backstroke, it's a little bit different and it's probably my strongest swimming stroke.”

Alex has qualified for 10 events across the weekend and said freestyle was his favourite swimming stroke.

"I'm excited about the weekend,” he said.

"I really like competition racing and the social aspect of having friends from other clubs that I get to see when we compete together.”

As well as the Wide Bay championships, Alex has qualified for the state short course championships alongside his club team mate James Hadley.

The state short course championships are set to be held in Chandler in three weeks' time.

Kingaroy Swimming Club is set to host their sign-on day for next season in early September.