NSW Country championships, here we come
PETE Charlton is confident stage fright will not be an issue when his talented charges take their places alongside the best young talent of regional New South Wales.
Ballina Indoor Swim Club members Hayden Blanksby, Nathan McKenzie and Julian Aenishaenslin are contesting the Swimming NSW Country Championships this weekend.
The trio will race in 18 events between them at the event, which will feature promising young swimmers from across the country.
Club head coach Charlton said he was sure Hayden - who will represent his club at the event for the first time - and his teammates would go well.
"Hayden is a pretty good kid," he said.
"He has a good disposition and is a fairly intelligent lad.
"He and Julian work well as a team together and I am sure they will help each other out.
"They have been preparing well and I am confident they will go all right."
Hayden, 14, Nathan, 10, and Julian, 15, earned their places at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre event after securing qualifying times.
Clubs across the state are sending representatives to one of biggest dates on the state's junior swimming calendar.
Alstonville High School student Julian has built a reputation as one of the state's most promising junior swimmers.
He and Hayden will use the competition as preparation for the forthcoming junior national championships in Adelaide.
Charlton said both swimmers were determined to put in a good display this weekend.
"This event is important," Charlton said.
"It will show us where the two swimmers are heading.
"Nathan is a good little swimmer (as well). He has puts in a lot of work too.
"I am confident that between them they can come back with a couple of medals."