St Paul’s Primary School can boast two top swimmers in Matilda Phelan, 11 and Katelyn Lynch, 10.
St Paul’s Primary School can boast two top swimmers in Matilda Phelan, 11 and Katelyn Lynch, 10. Sharyn Oneill

Swimmers make big splash at champs

GRACEMERE is not the hub of swimming but recently Matilda Phelan and Katelyn Lynch helped to put the township’s name in front of the state’s hierarchy.

The youngsters are students at St Paul’s Primary School at Gracemere and regularly compete against one another for supremacy in the water.

However the pair recently had the rare opportunity of being team-mates when they represented Capricornia at the Queensland Primary School Swimming Championships.

The championship attracted over 500 competitors in the 10-12 year age group with the youngsters representing 11 regions around the state.

At 10-years-old, Katelyn is the younger of the two swimmers and is a member of the Caribeae Swimming Club.

During the championship the youngster excelled in two disciplines and gained top 10 results in three competitions. For the breaststroke she was placed ninth in the 100m and 8th in the 50m while also managing an 8th place in the 100m butterfly.

Matilda is a strong freestyle swimmer and gained great results at the championship with a 6th in the 200m, and gained bronze medals in both the 50m and 100m.

The youngster can now look forward to July as she has been selected in the Queensland team which will compete in the Australian School Swimming Championship at Melbourne.

Matilda will race in both the 50m and 100m freestyle races which will be held from July 30 to August 5.

During the championship the youngster excelled in two disciplines and gained top 10 results in three competitions.



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