Tasmanian swimmers played a key role in the opening ceremony of the Pacific School Games

Millie McGregor
Millie McGregor

TWO swimmers from opposite ends of the state played a key role in the opening ceremony of the Pacific School Games in Adelaide on Sunday, December 3.

Olivia Cowen, 12, of HC Swim Club and Millie McGregor, 12, of Burnie, were the torch bearers in the torch relay.

Competition at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre started on Monday and involves competitors from throughout the country and the Asia-Pacific region.

Making a splash: Stefanie McCarthy was in record-breaking form at the southern regional championships in Hobart.

Making a splash: Stefanie McCarthy was in record-breaking form at the southern regional championships in Hobart.

Record breakers

Two swimmers broke records at the southern regional championships in Hobart.

Stefanie McCarthy set a new state record of 27.39 in the 14 years 50m freestyle. Hobart Aquatic clubmate Noah Kamprad, 12, set state and all-comer records in the 12 years 400m freestyle with a time of 4:31.08.

Champions

Launceston Aquatic Club topped the table for gold medals at the Northern regional championships, while South Esk won the most medals.

LAC claimed 34 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze. South Esk won 31 gold, 34 silver and 21 bronze. Riverside was next with 13 gold, 14 silver and 13 bronze and Burnie was close behind with 12 gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze. A big congratulations to Ulverstone whose sole representative, Jack Walton, claimed three golds from three events. 

Capital stuff

Hobart is the venue for School Sport Australia swimming events next year. Teams from ACT, NSW, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia will join host state Tasmania in competition from July 25 to August 1.

Diary dates

  • Dec 16: Time trial, Hobart.
  • Jan 13: Time trial, Launceston. 
  • Jan 20: Time trial, Hobart.
  • Jan 27: Time trial, Launceston.
  • Feb3-4: Sprint and relay championships, Launceston.