A selection of the Wimmera's most talented young swimmers will travel to Ballarat this weekend to compete at the Victorian State Country Finals.
Nearly 600 kids are expected to compete in 83 events over the two-day meet.
Krys Syrota, 10, is the youngest swimmer representing the Wimmera and qualified after recording a personal best time in a qualifying breaststroke race earlier this year.
"You have to get a good time to get into Countries, and if you get that time, then you know you are doing well," she said.
Deacon Briggs, 14, said it was a special event.
"The first time I went, I was really nervous. Compared to state and national finals, countries are the loudest. Everyone is screaming and shouting for their club swimmers. The atmosphere is amazing. I love it," he said.
Premier junior coach Brad Harris held a workshop with the swimmers in the lead up to the country finals.
Harris coaches at Vicentre, the country's premier swimming club.
"Country times are achievable, and they are a good stepping stone between district-level swimming and swimming at a state level, where country kids come up against Melbourne kids from city clubs, where some of the coaches have six-figure salaries. Out here all the coaches are volunteers," Harris said.
WIMMERA COMPETITORS: Deacon Briggs, Dylan Ryan, Eloise Wills, Claudia Lanyon, Jack Lanyon, Jorja Clode, Krys Syrota, Billie Donnan, Luca Geue, Ruby Hill, Lily Eldridge, Tom Urquhart, Madde Townsend.
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