Swimmers shine at SATIS

THE state’s most talented young swimmers gathered at Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre last month to show off their skills.

Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools (SATIS) held it’s statewide swimming carnival on 27 March with 600 participants from 18 Tasmanian schools.

The fastest student from each school in each event competed for records and school shields.

Southern SATIS administration officer Emma Johnson said it was a fun but competitive event for the students.

“It gives them an opportunity to represent their school, particularly for the northern kids who get to travel down and race against the best swimmers of the southern independent schools,” she said.

“Some use it to get times for the next season coming up and there’s even been a couple that have been to Commonwealth Games trials last month.”

For the first time in SATIS history, students had the opportunity to compete in a multi-class 50-metre freestyle event at both regional and statewide carnivals.

The event caters for students who have a physical or intellectual disability and are entered into events based on a broad range of classification standards.

“It is really exciting for the students who haven’t had an opportunity to represent their school before,” Ms Johnson said.

“I saw one student who got out of the pool with the biggest smile on her face – she was absolutely stoked to be there.”

The Hutchins School won all the boys’ shields and St Patrick’s College collected five shields from the girls and co-ed divisions.

Caption: From left, James Clues of The Friends School, Max Giuliani of St Virgil’s College, and Stefanie McCarthy of The Friends School were record breakers at the recent SATIS swimming carnival.

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