READY TO RACE: Paige Connelly, Zac Reid and Alex Reddacliff are ready to compete at the Queensland School Swimming Championships.
READY TO RACE: Paige Connelly, Zac Reid and Alex Reddacliff are ready to compete at the Queensland School Swimming Championships. Claudia Williams

Swimmers to make a splash at state championships

KINGAROY swimmers will be making a splash at the Queensland School Swimming Championships in Brisbane on Thursday.

Zac Reid, Paige Connelly and Alex Reddacliff will make a name for Kingaroy State High School while James Hadley will make sure swimmers from across Queensland remember the talent of students at Murgon State High School.

Kingaroy State High School sports co-ordinator Krysty Connelly is looking forward to seeing what the kids from Wide Bay can achieve.

"It is definitely an increase for the school for participation, obviously as the sports co-ordinator I am extremely proud, but also I go away as a Wide Bay manager so it is nice to see students from across the South Burnett in the team,” Connelly said.

"The new coach has helped increase their endurance and ability to mix it with the best and that was shown at the Wide Bay championships.”

Paige Connelly, Zac Reid and Alex Reddacliff are set to compete at the Queensland school swimming championships.
Kingaroy's Paige Connelly, Zac Reid and Alex Reddacliff will be joined by Murgon's James Hadley at the event. Claudia Williams

Kingaroy coach Terry Dunn said the swimmers deserved to be rewarded for the dedication they showed this season.

"They did exactly what I wanted them to do,” Dunn said.

"Hopefully they will pull together this week and have some PBs but it is pretty hard after Wide Bay championships last weekend.”

As a Year 7 student, it will be Alex's fist state championships.

He will compete in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and 50m and 200m freestyle.

"I used to hate breaststroke but this season it has clicked with me.,” he said.

While the longer distance events are a challenge he enjoys pushing himself to the limit.

"It is hard but when you know there is only 50m left so you just keep pushing,” Alex said.

Zac will rely on his experience at the championships when he competes in 50m and 100m butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle as well as 200m individual medley and butterfly.

"They are my stronger events that I am better at and I like going and meeting new people,” he said.

At her first championships Paige will compete in 100m and 200m breaststroke.

"It meant a lot to qualify and I am a bit nervous but it is going to be good,” she said.

James will compete at eight events at the championships.