Two more area athletes will be representing Zone 2 at the Alberta Summer Games, and they are sure to make waves.
Austin, 14, and Parker, 12, Knibb, sons of Jason and Diane of the Rosebud area, have both qualified for the swimming events. The two have been Aquadinnies for the last four years, training at the Drumheller Aquaplex. They have also been training five nights a week with the University of Calgary Swim Club.
The brothers are two of eight selected for the Zone 2 squad, and qualified for the team at a meet in Okotoks on June 11.
Both have grueling schedule coming up at the games. Austin will be swimming in 10 events. He will be swimming the shorter distances of 50m and 100m in all four competitive strokes as well as four relay events.
“I’m a sprinter, and my favourite is 50m Freestyle. My best time is 27.46,” said Austin.
Parker will also be in 10 events including short distances as well as the IM and four relay events.
“I’m here to meet new people and make new friends; I’ll swim anything my coach puts me in,” said Parker.
And coaches appear to have great confidence in the pair. Diane says the boys’ coach expects them to do well on a well-rounded team.
“It also gives the boys an opportunity to swim as a team with the same boys that they have been in competition with all year,” said Diane. “Now is the time to see how all the hard work and coaching pays off.”
Before they head to the games on July 19-22 in the Peace Region, the pair will be competing in the Long Course Provincial Championships in Edmonton on July 2-5.