College Swim Team Earn First Place By Doing More
The St Thomas More College “STMC" Swim team achieved first place after competing in the South Eastern Colleges Association “SECA" Annual Swimming Carnival at the Chandler Sleeman Sports Complex last month.
In line with the college mantra of "Do More Be More" and despite an increase in competitor schools from nine in 2018 to 13 in 2019, the team swam their way into first place after 13 years of steady improvement in their overall ranking.
STMC Swim Coach Mr Shane Gornik said: “Our student's commitment to persevere, talent and teamwork is what has brought this much deserved win to us."
“The 50-strong team of swimmers attended squad training at Yeronga pool every Tuesday and Thursday morning in preparation for the carnival.
“These sessions involved fitness work, with a focus on technique, most notably trying to get swimmers to reduce their stroke count, while increasing speed.
“Out of bed early, training with your fellow swimmers and then doing the relay practice / training.
“But the main focus of the training was team spirit." Mr Gornik said.
When asked about the formula for success, Mr Gornik shared that this year's team demonstrated the traits every parent wants their own child to develop for life including dedication, persistence, teamwork and resilience.
Year 11 Students and 2019 Team Captains Ziaden Thomson and Daniella Bonomo have been in the team since Year 7 and said the winning feeling was like no other.
"Being able hold up the trophy and hear the roar and cheers from the St Thomas More College area was a feeling like no other. It was a relief knowing all of our hard work had paid off."
"As the school team spirit has grown we have come closer to victory each year.
"We pride ourselves on supporting each other, no matter what the results are," Ziaden and Daniella shared.
Age Champion wins were also achieved by students Jospeh Van Der Zant 12 year old boys, Grace Corica 14 year old girls, Bailey Day 15 year old girls and Ziaden Thomson 16 year old boys.