Waterworx Swimming Club open water competitor Kaia Sugars.
Waterworx Swimming Club open water competitor Kaia Sugars.

Waterworx duo's timely boost for state open water challenge

FRESH from a Brisbane open water development camp, two promising Waterworx Swimming Club competitors are preparing for a state titles mission this weekend.

Kaia Sugars and Phoebe Sweeney have qualified for Saturday's Queensland Open Water championships at Lake Kawana on the Sunshine Coast.

Kaia is contesting the 2.5km event with Phoebe competing in the 5km race.

Although both swimmers have enjoyed success in the pool, Waterworx head coach Paul Sansby is pleased to see the girls improving in the open water challenge.

"The open water is a little bit more conducive to those kids that don't just have a lot of speed,'' Sansby said.

"The kids that have got a little bit more endurance and do a little bit more work distance wise, the open water swimming is really good for them.

"It's a slightly different mindset as well to swimming in the pool.

"Some kids who pool swim don't like the open water at all.''

 

Waterworx Swimming Club open water competitor Phoebe Sweeney.
Waterworx Swimming Club open water competitor Phoebe Sweeney.

In the pool, Kaia is a regular competitor in freestyle and butterfly events.

Phoebe prefers the middle distance events like 400m and 800m freestyle when not tackling the open water competition.

The girls were recently selected to attend the development camp, receiving valuable tips about open water swimming.