Team important to as Sharks prepare for Horsham meet

FAST: Matthew Ough will feature prominently for the Horsham Sharks on Saturday and will provide plenty of support for younger teammates.
FAST: Matthew Ough will feature prominently for the Horsham Sharks on Saturday and will provide plenty of support for younger teammates.

WIMMERA swimmers will be back in the pool on Saturday after Stawell’s postponed meet granted them last weekend off.

The focus will be on Horsham swimming pool in what will now effectively be the first regular meet of the season.

Horsham Sharks president Deirdre Harrington said the club had supported Stawell’s decision to call off its meet given the poor weather forecast.

“It was disappointing to have to call the meet off but totally understandable,” she said.

“All of our swimmers are now just really looking forward to their home meet.”

There will be 73 events in total at the Horsham meet with a warm day forecast.

Harrington said she thought the competitors liked to think they had a slight advantage swimming in a familiar environment.

“When you are standing up there on the blocks there a few less nerves when you’ve done all your training in the same place,” she said.

The Sharks will have a number of swimmers competing for the first time as well as plenty of experienced campaigners.

Harrington said the team environment allowed for those with more experience to help the younger swimmers out.

“You do a lot of swimming by yourself but everyone certainly knows they are part of the team,” she said.

“All the senior kids are very generous with their time to make sure they are supporting everyone else, especially the less experienced ones.”

Warm ups will start at 11 before races kick off at midday.