The Kwinana Swimming Club and Kwinana Little Athletics have taken home some big wins this season and are producing some budding young stars. The Kwinana Little Athletics team has wrapped up an impressive 2021 season, with its athletes taking home a huge 14 medals at this year’s Little Athletics State Championships. Thirty-four of the club’s athletes qualified for the State Championships this year alone — their biggest group yet. The club saw exceptional performances throughout the season from Charlie Sullivan, who took home four medals, and Hollie Reid and Jax Johnson, who both secured two medals each for their events. In total, the club won three gold, four silver and seven bronze medals. Coaching co-ordinator Dali Waaka enlisted the help of specialist coaches, with the end results shown in the strong numbers and medal count. Kwinana Little Athletics president Stephen Scoon said he was proud of the club’s achievements and the exceptional display of talent from the group this year. “All the athletes competed all season in great spirit, giving their all, while also encouraging other competitors to achieve personal bests,” he said. “There were a lot of club records broken this year, too many to mention, some records were broken from all the way back in the 1970s.” Mr Scoon said he hopes to continue a great club culture for next year, welcoming back all current families and hopefully some new members, too. Kwinana’s young athletes were successful in the water this season, too, with the Kwinana Swimming Club sending 18 swimmers to the 2022 Hancock Prospecting WA Junior Long Course Championships. The team claimed a record nine gold medals, eight silver and six bronze for the season. Coached by Lucky Weerakkody, 13-year-old Alexey Ulupov was a standout at the championships. Ulupov competed in the 50m backstroke with a record-breaking time of 49.52 seconds, surpassing the previous record of 1:15.36 with ease. Ulupov is competing in this week’s 2022 Australian Age Swimming Championships and Australia Para Swimming Championships in South Australia.