BIG MOMENT: The Good Shepherd swim squad is the biggest Coast rep contingent.
BIG MOMENT: The Good Shepherd swim squad is the biggest Coast rep contingent. Contributed

Good Shep's big splash after top grade swims

GOOD Shepherd Lutheran College is sending the largest contingent of swimmers of any school in the Sunshine Coast region to the Queensland School Sport (QSS) State Swimming Championships to be held in Brisbane at the end of this month.

The College is sending 23 swimmers who will be competing in a massive 82 individual events, which is the College's strongest ever representation at state level.

The Sunshine Coast region runs from Redcliffe and Caboolture in the south, to Noosa and Nambour in the north, with the QSS State Swimming Championships being a culmination of the top swimmers from ages 10 to 19 years from both state and independent schools from across Queensland.

Good Shepherd Lutheran College principal Anthony Dyer said the college could not be more proud.

"This is an impressive representation from one school at this level of competition; the result is a testament to the talent and dedication of the students, and support of parents and coaches,” Mr Dyer said.

He said swimming has become an integral part of the college's curricular and extra-curricular sport over the years.

"At Good Shepherd we introduce swimming as a part of our program from Prep, so many of our students are getting the opportunity to experience swimming as a sport very early on in their schooling, and for some, competing becomes a natural progression,” he said.

"Once these students become competitive, many join the GS Aquatics Swim Club and train in one of the club's squads and we can offer this all on campus.”

"Head Coach, Peter Diamond, never wavers from his positive outlook and continually guides and nurtures our swimmers through all of their events and competitions.”

"These students are training in the pool most days, early in the morning and after school, so for them their success is the culmination of many, many hours of hard work.”

"I can also imagine that with the Commonwealth Games on our doorstep this year, our swimmers will be harnessing this excitement, as I have no doubt many of them will have their sights set on potentially competing at this level in the future.

"The whole college community is behind our swimmers and we wish them all the best of luck.”