Event. Circular Head Amateur Swimming Club was represented by five members at the Burnie Aquatic Centre on Saturday in its first major event outside of Smithton.
Jared O’Connor, Kelsey Gallaher, Glen O’Connor, Lloyd Gallaher and Levi Quilliam competed in the Betta Milk Burnie 100 on Saturday, testing themselves in a range of events against entrants from across the state.
Jared and Levi were both successful in earning podium places in two of their respective races; the latter awarded bronze in the 50m butterfly and silver in the 50m freestyle for his 17-and-over age group.
Even a strong time of 28.58 in freestyle was not enough to seal the gold, with his Burnie opponent touching the wall first by the narrowest of margins: 0.4 of a second.
While Jared was the only swimmer in his under-eight division for freestyle and breaststroke, his final times surpassed girls of the same age whom he was matched against.
Glen took part in freestyle and breaststroke events, Kelsey entered the backstroke and freestyle and Lloyd in freestyle and backstroke.
Club president Deb Quilliam said the local contingent competed very well considering it was a new experience, facing challenges of an outdoor pool and a greater range of competitors to measure themselves against.
The amalgamation of CHASC with Swimming Tasmania has opened opportunities for members to travel across the state to compete, with Quilliam adding a coaching session was being organised with former national swimming coach Leigh Nugent.