THE CQU Rocky City club is giving some young swimmers a chance to test the waters at the Queensland Sprint Championships at Chandler in Brisbane this weekend.
For Jaren O'Hanlon, 9, Lincoln Blackwood, 10, and Emma Rewald, 11, it will be their first visit to the Chandler pool.
Rocky City coach Shane Kingston said he approached this carnival for his younger swimmers.
"I take the attitude Chandler is a fairly daunting place for swimmers who have never seen anything like that before,'' Kingston said.
For swimmers like Rewald this is just another stepping stone with plans to chase State qualifying times next season. All races are contested over 50m.
Other Rocky City swimmers competing are Riley Boland, 11, Harris Schamburg, 11, Katelyn Clements, 12, Michelle Dunn, 16, and Adam Eiseman, 18.
Eiseman is using this meeting as a practice run for his age nationals 50m freestyle swim at Chandler from April 13-17 while Dunn, now at Somerville House in Brisbane, is aiming to post a 50m freestyle national qualifying time. Other Central Queensland clubs represented this weekend are Barcaldine, Biloela, Blackwater, Boyne Tannum, Caribeae, Dysart, Gladstone, St Brendan's/St Ursula's, Tieri, Western Suburbs and Yeppoon.