14 November 2023

Cooktown scoops medal pool at Dimbulah meet

| Sarah Martin
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Cooktown Amateur Swimming Club president Melissa Gunton and coach Donald Macmillan with youngest swimmer Oscar Habermann, who competed in his first swim meet at Dimbulah on the weekend. Photo: Leslie Ryder.

Cooktown’s smallest superfish has done it again, taking home a clean sweep of firsts in every event she competed in at the Dimbulah Swimming Carnival on the weekend.

While Maiika Hegamaea is one of the youngest members of the Cooktown Amateur Swimming Club, at only eight years old, she is a fierce competitor, taking out seven firsts at the recent competition.

Maiika was among a group of 20 Cooktown swimmers who competed at the laidback carnival across 109 events.

20 kids from Cooktown’s Amateur Swimming Club headed to Dimbulah for a carnival on the weekend. Photo: Melissa Gunton.

“We had 10 girls and 10 boys competing, with the team bringing home 51 new personal bests, 32 firsts, 16 seconds, 23 thirds and 71 placings in total,” club president Melissa Gunton said.

“Highlights of the weekend were watching Oscar Habermann compete in his first Far North Queensland swim meet, Maiika’s seven firsts, Jett taking home six firsts, Slayde’s five firsts, and the group gathering and carnival highlights talk at the Dimbulah Caravan Park.”

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