East's swimmers step up at Age championships

BENDIGO East clubmates Kiara Verbeek and Matthew Slot will race at the Australian Age Swimming Championships for the first time week.

The Georgina Hope Swimmers Foundation-backed meet will run until Easter Monday in Sydney.

Verbeek and Slot will join Bendigo East’s Kate Jordan and Rebecca Holmes in competing against many of the country’s best young swimmers at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre in Homebush Bay.

The two young guns have steadily improved throughout the 2013-14 season.

Slot and Verbeek won trophies and medals at regional and country competitions.

Both are keen to perform well at the highest level.

Verbeek will contest the 13-year girls’ 100m breast-stroke.

Slot will challenge for the 15-year boys’ 200m breast-stroke title.

Jordan and Holmes are backing up from a successful campaign at the Australian National Titles in Brisbane.

Jordan will race in the 16-year girls’ 100m and 200m breast-stroke events.

Holmes will swim in the 17-18 years girls’ 100m butterfly.

Head coach at Bendigo East Swimming Club, Tony Rodda is looking forward to the Sydney meet.

“It has been great to see the improvement in the younger swimmers to now be competing at national leve.

“The work the team has done shows our younger swimmers what can be achieved and is an inspiration to keep working hard and join older clubmates at such prestigious events.

“Dedication to train outdoor in winter has paid off.,” Rodda said.

The club has had six swimmers compete at national championships this year. 

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