HISTORIC WIN: Will Day, Bailey Harm, Claire Eckersley, Chloe Harm swam into Allora history books winning the 12 and under relay at the Country Championships.
HISTORIC WIN: Will Day, Bailey Harm, Claire Eckersley, Chloe Harm swam into Allora history books winning the 12 and under relay at the Country Championships.

History-making performance for winning Allora team

SWIMMING: Rain and thunder didn’t deter determined Allora swimmers from diving into the history books at the Darling Downs Country Championships.

With several athletes achieving personal best times, the club etched its name onto the Darling Downs Country Shield winning the 12-and-under relay.

“It was the first time ever in our club’s 50-year history that we’ve won that shield,” club secretary Donna-Maree Willett said.

“The win was exciting for the individual swimmers and our whole club but what was more exciting was that we had two teams in the race.”

Saturday’s performance in the pool marked a significant improvement the club has made in the past 18 months, almost folding because of record low numbers.

“We had 21 swimmers compete at Dalby on Saturday, three took out age champions,” Willett said.

“Our head coach Andrew Fidge is working really hard to rebuild the grassroots of the club and it’s starting to pay off.

“It’s also great for the club having gone from nothing to now having a really formidable juniors team.”

Rain delays during the carnival created a long day of racing, however head coach Andrew Fidge said his swimmers handled the conditions well.

“All of the swimmers stepped up and started swimming the longer distances,” Fidge said.

“It definitely got harder for a lot of them as the day went on to keep getting those PBs.”

Despite riding the highs of a successful carnival, Allora swimmers already have their sights set on the next carnival.

“In a fortnight we have the Stanthorpe carnival and that’s the last chance to get a 50m time to qualify for the state sprint carnival,” Fidge said.

“All of the kids are really focused on qualifying for the sprint carnival and making the Darling Downs team through school.

“Everyone wants to put a Darling Downs jacket on, it’s a big focus out here.”