Posted on Monday 26th February, 2024

North Mackay Sinkers Meet Report 2024

North Mackay Sinkers Masters Meet Report

Date of Meet: 24 February 2024

Venue: Mackay North State High School – Valley St.

Our small but fun February meet attracted some 37 registered swimmers to our home training pool (8 lanes – 25m). A large portion of our club participated as expected but we enjoyed the company of both the Mackay Swimming Academy Masters and Pioneer Swimming Club adults for local content also. We had out of town visitors from the Atherton Mountaineers, Long Tan Legends, Rats of Tobruk, Toowoomba Tadpoles and River City Masters.

The MSQ President Susanne Milenkevich attended to boost understanding at Branch level of small regional meets. It was great to have Susanne attend and cover many Masters topics. We certainly appreciate the presence of all out of town swimmers and the effort required to attend.

The Club members pitched in for the requirements of a small meet in the tropics from erecting many gazeboes for shade and the threatening clouds to a complimentary kiosk of great items to tempt swimmers.

Our meet referees (JB, Peter Nowlan and Rob Lucas) kept us honest and provided tips and details for our new swimmers in the intricacies of strokes and turns. The meet included 800 and 400 events as a prelude to the MSQ State Championships.

Our popular Skins event was a repeat handicap 25 freestyle last person swimming event hotly contested by locals and visitors alike, the prize money left town with Tony Croft of the Long Tan Legends. Our complimentary swimmer and volunteer prize was eagerly collected by long term master and Sinker’s member Geoff Robinson.

In keeping with the club’s community spirit, we replaced our multi-prize raffle with an appeal to swimmers for donations to support the Clubs March fundraiser “Laps for Life” and realised $150 for this Reach out youth mental health initiative.

Our after-swim event was held at the Mackay Surf life Saving Club and was attended by over 30 guests in what proved an entertaining evening.

For the results driven swimmers amongst us the results will be posted on the portal in the coming days as we finalise after swim administration. As this meet was open to guest swimmers it was classed as time trial and records outside club level will not be ratified.

The club appreciates the support from all levels from Branch to club, officials, volunteers, swimmers and the meet manager operator and dolphin timing from the Pioneer “Dolphins” Swimming club (Ben Miles) for the delivery of the 2024 Sinkers Fun in February meet.

The Sinkers look forward to our next event, an open water swim scheduled for Sunday November 3 when we host our annual river swim at the picturesque Balnagowan stretch of the Pioneer River. Mark it in your diary swimmers and choose 1.25, 2.5 or 5km events to test your endurance.

Round One of the skins eliminations, won by Tony Croft of Townsville (2nd from camera)
All the fun of Marshalling, time keeping and competing
One of the many starts of the day, the best part of any race!


QNS North Mackay Sinkers Meet 2024 Results

QNS North Mackay Sinkers Meet 2024 Individual Scores