Swim coach gears up for nationals
SWIMMING: After more than 10 state medals, numerous broken records and a club championship, Shane Kingston admitted that, yes, 2009 was a good year.
And now the Rocky City swimming coach is gearing his team up for the victories and heartaches of 2010, including Commonwealth Games trials and national championships.
Since 1999 Kingston, 33, hasbeen the coach of Rocky City and the backbone of the success for his swimmers.
Matthew White, 23, has trained under Kingston for some years and now the Rockhampton man is stepping up for the Commonwealth Games trials in March.
Liam Rayfield, 14, who has recently accepted a scholarship in Brisbane, last month claimed six medals and seven qualifications for nationals at the state titles.
Jared O’Hanlon, 14, also broke two records for breaststroke in August during Queensland Short Course Championships.
But despite the list of accomplishments Kingston’s top swimmers have gained under his program, he said there was more to the sport.
“I enjoy all aspects of coaching right from the little fellows when you watch them get their first medal, hang it around their neck and don’t take it off for three days,” he said.
“Then all the way through to “Whitey” (Matthew White) here who is training for Commonwealth Games trials.”
When the Rocky City team of 17 swimmers went to state titles in December last year, the team also earned enough points to be named the Champion Country Club.
But now Kingston has the junior and senior swimmers training for the up and coming meets and championships this year with the CQ Sprint Meet being the first of 2010 on January 9.
“It is not a major meet but it will be more of a ‘get out there and compete’ as they have just got off the Christmas break,” he said.
“For the juniors it is a chance to qualify for the next level and obviously for the guys who have already qualified for nationals it is a case of training and practise what we are working on.”