ALANNA Bowles is an animal.

According to Leiston Pickett at least.

Competing alongside an Olympian is every young swimmer's dream and one which became a reality for Bowles and many more CQ youngsters over the weekend.

Commonwealth gold medallist and 2012 London Olympic finalist Pickett dived into Rockhampton's new Rockhampton Aquatic Centre Pool as the annual CQ Aqua Jets Tropic of Capricorn swim meet got under way, and she was impressed with the local talent on offer.

After racing alongside Rockhampton swimming sensation Bowles, Pickett said the up-and-comer looked promising.

"Alanna Bowles is a bit of an animal," Pickett said.

"She's competing in a lot of events and backing up from each race to race and doing quite solid times so it's good to see that NQ can produce some good swimmers.

"Hopefully in the future they can keep them up here because often in the past the good swimmers have started up here and then migrated down south where the happening clubs are.

"Hopefully NQ can produce some really good coaches and get some good programs up here; you've got a fantastic facility so you may as well use it."

Alanna Bowles and Lieston Pickett at Rockhampton Aquatic Centre Pool. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Alanna Bowles and Lieston Pickett at Rockhampton Aquatic Centre Pool. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

 

While impressed in the water, Pickett was also enjoying her time out of the pool as she connected with her regional Queensland supporters.

"I've never been to Rocky before, so it was good to come up to new territory and a new pool and jump in and have a bit of fun with the younger kids," Pickett said.

"It is pretty exciting for them, and for me it feels quite strange walking around with kids just staring at you but it's a bit different. It's pretty cool and I love it.

"I love inspiring the young kids and it's good to come up and see lots of young kids participating and having fun and really getting in there and enjoying it."



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