The next generation of Shepparton swimmers will showcase their talents on one of the biggest stages this weekend.
The Victorian Country All Junior Competition allows swimmers up to the age of 14 to compete at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre as the main event, rather than in the shadows of the older age groups.
‘‘This is the pinnacle event of the long course season for our juniors and it includes the best of our swimmers from country Victoria,’’ Shepparton Swimming Club coach Michelle Swift said.
‘‘Swimmers who have won medals at Victorian Country Championships are ineligible to swim that event at this meet, so it gives the second tier of swimmers an opportunity to gain some recognition for their swimming.
‘‘For some it is the first time our younger swimmers have competed at MSAC, let alone in such a major competition.’’
Shepparton Swimming Club has sent a strong contingent of 16 competitors to the semi-finals today, with Swift confident most will be able to reach finals action tomorrow.
‘‘All of our team will be hoping to post personal best’s prior to a two-month-long break,’’ she said.
Ollie Guthrie, the most experienced swimmer on the team, headlines the squad.
Juniors Joss Church, Kiera Shaw and Steph Moran are among those in the club with strong medal chances.
Shepparton will have 61 chances to make finals, with most of the swimmers competing in four events.