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SunSmart Country Championships

11- 13th January: 13 of our swimmers competed the Country Championships at HBF Stadium in Perth where every swimmer had PB’s and some had a full house of PB’s in every event!

Special mention must be given to our new Country Champions (Lucinda Jones, Maddy Johnston-Walker and Ruby Eastaugh) and to our medallists (Lily O’Meara, Jas and Sienna Currie, and Eden McDonald).

Those who achieved a full house of PB’s include Jas Currie, Ruby McClennan and Nicole Aquino, with Marc Aquino, Conor Barbour, Shea O’Meara, Sienna Currie, and Ella Hitching achieving notable PB’s themselves!

Well done to everyone – now we head to the Harvey and Collie meets in February to continue the great form.


State Teams Championships – Canberra:

Lucinda Jones was selected to represent WA based on her performance at the WA State Age group Championships. Competing in the pressure cooker environment of the AIS in Canberra, on October 3-5, Lucinda represented Busselton Swimming Club with aplomb including equalling her personal best in the 100m backstroke. Lucinda gained some invaluable experience on the big stage as she and her team mates now target the State Long Course Championships in December.


Junior WA Short Course Championships:

September 22-23 saw Jaz Currie, Sienna Currie and Ruby Eastaugh compete in the WA State Championships. All 3 swimmers achieved personal best times in their races. Jaz Curries swam a fantastic 100m breaststroke in the 8-year-old division, taking 15 seconds off his best time to earn a deserved silver medal. Ruby Eastaugh swam two fantastic races in the 9-year-old breaststroke events, becoming Busselton’s newest State Champion in both the 50m and 100m Breaststroke.

Well done kids!

Nationals 2018:

BSC are very proud of our 4 swimmers; Maddie Johnston-Walker, Niamh Jury, Ella Butler and Lucinda Jones, who along with head coach Andrew Sexton, made the trip to Sydney to compete in the Australian Georgina Hope Age National Championships 2018. Super effort and dedication!

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Junior State Championships:

Congratulation to Jaz, Sienna, Max and Spencer for representing Busselton so proudly at the Junior (State) Long Course championships.

They each did some fantastic PB’s and are each reaping the rewards of their hard work in training. Thank you to them and all those in their squads who were there to push them in training.

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D grade pennants winners!!

Yeehah, big effort from our swimmers to claim the ‘D’ division flag at Country Pennants 2018.  Fantastic weekend had by all , thank you Mandurah and Peel for hosting a wonderful event and Amber and Andrew for their awesome efforts inspiring the kids.

Busselton Swimmers selected in All Stars Team

Congratulations to the following Busselton Swimming Club members who were recently selected in the ACC All Stars team;

Chad Kowalski

Ross Rann

Maddison Johnston-Walker

Jasmine Hopkins

All Star teams are selected in athletics, cross country and swimming.  Teams consist of the best performers in individual events across all divisions, in all 70 schools that make up the  Associated and Catholic Colleges of WA.

It is a great achievement to be selected in an All Star’s team and recognition of individual achievement.  Well done all!

2015-2016 End of Season Celebration

Come along to Mandalay for the end of season wind-up.  Don’t forget your bathers and towel for the water slide .  Drinks and snacks supplied – see attached flyer for further information.

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State Title for Busselton Swimming Club


It was a big weekend of swimming for the Busselton Swimming Club with six members competing at the Junior Long Course State Championships and bringing home four medals and a state championship title.

Piper Williams, Matilda Reynolds, Neve McDonald, Eden McDonald and Amy Kerr were joined by training partner Lucinda Jones, from Margaret River for three days of competition against the states most elite young swimmers.

Williams swam a personal best time in the 50m Backstroke to finish in under-40 seconds for the very first time and Reynolds recorded a personal best time in the 50m Breaststroke. Young Neve McDonald improved her times in both of her events, claiming a top-20 finish in the 100m Backstroke while  Eden McDonald impressed by qualifying for four events in the 12 year old age division. The talented backstroke swimmer achieved a personal best time and finished in the State’s top 15 competitors in the 200m Backstroke.

Ten-year-old Kerr qualified for 11 events, choosing to swim 10 during the meet. She swam seven personal best times and improved by more than 30 seconds across all of her swims.  Kerr swam hard across all strokes to make the finals in four events. The talented breaststroker, who has worked hard to climb the state rankings over the past two years claimed silver in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke in incredible personal best times. Her swim in the 200m Breaststroke so fast that she is now ranked seventh in Australia for that event. Kerr then brought her teammates to their feet with a nail-biting win in the 50m Breaststroke, resulting in gold and her very first State Championship Title.

Congratulations to Jasmine Hopkins

Congratulations to Jasmine who swam at the 2016 GHF Australian Age Championships and finished 7th in 100 metre backstroke.  Well done Jaz and congratulations from all of us at the Busselton Swimming Club.

Another big thank you to our fundraisers ………………………….

On 2nd and 3rd April Busselton Swimming Club members were hard at it again selling donuts to raise raise much needed funds for our club as well as supporting the Relay for Life.  A big thank you to the following families for giving up precious weekend time to volunteer yet again for our fabulous club; Rann, Norris, Williams, Johnston-Walker, Kerr, McPharlin, Pearson, Yeates, McGregor, Johnson and Williamson.

A very big thank you to Peter Rann for his continued contribution and the Masters members for their time, ensuring we could cover the roster.

Country Pennants Moora 2016


Well, what a time we had at Country Pennants, both in the pool and out!  Everyone who made the trip to Moora should be very proud of their swimming and for being part of the team that has led our Country Pennants revival.

The look on the faces of the swimmers receiving their first ever competition medals was priceless.

A big thank you to Amber for coming out of retirement to do an amazing job swimming for us.

We did so well coming second to a very strong Hedland team.  Looking forward to taking a larger squad to Kalgoorlie to enable us to take out our division next year.

Thank you to all the parents and family members who also attended – your contribution is greatly appreciated.

Thanks again to our sponsors (Kevin McGregor Electrical, Ocean Air Carpet Cleaning, Direct Salvage Supplies and West Coast Radiology) and to Judy, Kylie and Liz for making it happen.

Perth City Classic 2015


Well done to Lauren McGregor, Hannah Greenfield, Cara Viljoen, Amy Kerr, Tessa Viljoen, and new members, Jasmine Hopkins, Ross Rann, Chad Kowalski, Isabella Eibrink Jansen and Nick Antonio who swam at the Perth City Classic held at HBF Stadium. Our swimmers proved to be very successful, bringing home 11 medals and close to 20 PBs.
Jasmine claimed four medals, including gold in the 100m and 200m Backstroke, Ross won three medals including two golds. Cara brought home three medals including bronze in the 1500m Freestyle. Tessa also competed in the 1500m Freestyle, winning the silver medal. Both girls swam huge PBs in the event with Cara taking 1 minute and 4 seconds off her previous time and Tessa taking off 29 seconds.
Isabella achieved a state qualifying time in her first attempt at the 200m Backstroke. Chad, Nick and Lauren all swam PBs at the meet and Hannah showed just how strong she is by swimming the 200m Butterfly for the first time.

Amy spent her 10th birthday competing at the meet. She swam in the 200m Backstroke and Breaststroke for the first time and achieved state qualifying times in her new age group for both events.



Our new head coach, Brooke Kemp, started off with a bang by putting the Senior Squad through a tough week of training.

The swimmers attended double sessions every day with the goal of swimming 50 kilometers in one week.  The week ended with a 2-hour session in the 50m pool in Bunbury.

Pictured here are the ‘survivors’ who finished up with a well earned breakfast and prize-giving.





The Australian Junior Excellence Program rewards children aged 9 to 13 who have achieved certain target times at JX meets during the Long Course season.

Congratulations to the following Busselton swimmers who achieved JX times for 2014/2015:



Holly Delroy, Thomas Delroy, Rikahn Eddington, Angus Johnston-Walker, Ashley Spencer, Madeleine Sweatman, Kaitlyn Taylor, Piper Williams, Rylee Williamson, Ryan Yeates,
Isaac Morrison, Charlie Plester, Jack Sweatman, Hannah Taylor
Maddison Johnston-Walker, Eden Mcdonald
Amy Kerr

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The Youth Performance Squad awards swimmers aged 12 to 18 who have achieved National Times or come very close.

Congratulations to the following Busselton swimmers who achieved YPS times for 2014/2015:

Cara Viljoen, Tessa Viljoen



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Busselton Swimming Club has made an outstanding start to the 2015 short course season with an impressive weekend of swimming by seven of its’ talented young athletes.

On Saturday, Neve McDonald, Eden McDonald, Amy Kerr, Cara Viljoen, Tessa Viljoen and Jay Darnell represented the club at the Southlake Dolphins Short Course Carnival at HBF Stadium. The swimmers swam nineteen personal best times between them including five each from Eden McDonald and Jay Darnell. Youngsters Amy Kerr and Neve McDonald, who swam in the nine and under division, collected seven personal best times between them.

The club also amassed a total of 10 medals. Tessa Viljoen claimed silver in the 200m Breaststroke while her sister Cara won four medals, including gold in the 200m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke. Amy Kerr came home with an incredible five medals. Amy won gold in the 100m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke as well as silver in the 200m Individual Medley, 50m Breaststroke and 200m Freestyle.

Tessa, Cara and Amy backed up Saturday’s performance with outstanding achievements at the Swimming WA Short Course Pentathlon on Sunday. A pentathlon requires swimmers to compete in five events with trophies being awarded to the athletes with the best aggregate times for those five swims. Tessa and Cara swam four personal best times between them to finish amongst the trophies in the 15 and over division. Tessa finished in sixth place while Cara also claimed a trophy for an eighth place finish.

Amy continued her top ten state performances by bringing home the fourth place trophy in the nine-year old division. Amy swam huge personal best times in all of her events and claimed many club records in the process. Amy also finished the weekend ranked first in the state and 13th in Australia for the 100m Breaststroke.

The Pentathlon was especially significant for the Busselton Swimming Club as it marked the competitive swimming debut of Elissa Darnell, the clubs first swimmer to swim in the multiclass division. Elissa had a sensational first meet finishing in the top two for both of her swims. Elissa came second in the 50m Backstroke and first in the 50m Freestyle. The Busselton Swimming club is excited about Elissa’s future in competitive swimming.
With such a great weekend of short course swimming, the Busselton Swimming Club is looking forward to an outstanding season ahead.


Busselton Swimming Club is celebrating its best junior state champs results in recent history after an impressive weekend of swimming by three of our young stars.

Eden McDonald, Amy Kerr and Maddy Johnston-Walker were joined by head coach, Mark Taylor for three days of competition against the best junior swimmers in the state.

Eden, competing in her first state championships, swam PBs in all of her events and showed enormous potential in the 100m backstroke.

Amy swam incredible PBs in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke events. Amy was rewarded with a bronze medal in both and cemented her place as one of the states top three breaststrokers for her age. Amy’s performances were the fastest on record for any nine-year-old Busselton resident. Amy also finished as a finalist in the 200m individual medley and swam five PBs for the meet.

Maddy, who holds a top three state ranking for her age in the 50m butterfly, did not disappoint in her favourite discipline either. Maddy won silver and bronze respectively for the 12 years 50m and 100m butterfly. She also lays claim to the fastest times on record by a 12-year-old Busselton resident in these events. Additionally, Maddy placed as a finalist in the 50m freestyle and capped off a great meet with four personal best times.
Well done girls!


It isn’t every day that young swimmers have the opportunity to swim for their country, but on the Easter weekend, six of our swimmers did just that.

Amy Kerr, Angus Johnston-Walker, Maddy Johnston-Walker, Jay Darnell, Cara Viljoen and Tessa Viljoen all met qualifying times to swim for Team Aussie at the Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge in Perth. The swimmers, joined by their friends from Margaret River and Bunbury, competed against swimmers from Asian countries around the Indian Ocean. In total the Busselton Swimming Club came home with a massive 23 medals.
Maddy Johnston-Walker won six gold and two silver medals, with 100% PBs. Maddy was named one of the top five swimmers of the meet.
Cara Viljoen won three gold, four silver and one bronze. Tessa Viljoen won three silver and two bronze medals.
Angus Johnston-Walker swam three PBs including a huge improvement in the 100m backstroke which significantly improved his state ranking in the event.
Medals were harder to come by, but not out of reach, for Jay Darnell and Amy Kerr who were swimming as the youngest competitors in their respective age divisions. Jay impressed with one bronze medal, five PBs and a state qualifying time in the 50m freestyle.

Amy Kerr capitalized on the tough competition from older swimmers by achieving PBs in all of her events and also came away with a bronze medal.


Busselton Masters are very proud of Peter Pavlinovich who represented Busselton at the 2015 Masters WA State Champs in Perth, now re-named MSWA Livelighter All Club Challenge.

Peter dominated the field in the 100m & 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 100m & 200m IM’s, winning 4 events and placing 2nd in the remaining two, assuring his position as State Champion in the male 45 – 49 age category.

Well done Peter!




Amy Kerr was chosen to represent South West Region 1 at D Division Club Premierships in Perth on 15th March. Her swims contributed to Region 1 winning the division and being promoted to C Division next year.

She won both her events, swam PBs in both events and managed to swim sub-50 in the 50 breaststroke raising her ranking to 4th in the State for this event!  Well done Amy!





We had a huge contingent of swimmers, parents and masters swimmers enter the Jetty Swim this year. The weather was warm with a light breeze. The conditions were near perfect with some small ripples and a slight current.
Hannah Greenfield and Maddy Johnston-Walker, team ‘Double Trouble’, did us all proud by winning the duo team event in a time of 1.01.11 and the Viljoen and McDonald dad’s team ‘Deon and Mac’ came in 4th. Angus Johnston-Walker and Ryan Van Den Berg’s team ‘Swamp Donkeys’ finished in 7th place. Summer Northam and Monique Van Den Berg swam like ‘Mermaids’ and came 10th. Piper Williams and her dad, Mick also completed the swim as did Ryan Yeates and his mum, Yvette.

In the solo event, our first swimmer home was Peter Pavlinovich with a smashing time of 51:12.9, closely followed by Jack Greaves with a 51:44.8.  Cara Viljoen was the first girl in a 52:15.8 followed by Tessa Viljoen with a 53:25.1. Coach Jeff Greenfield, Jay Darnell and Charlie Plester also finished in under an hour.  In the following order, Riorden O’Shea, Hannah Taylor, Sarah Van Den Berg, Kynan Criddle, Mariska Ackerman, Lucy Greenfield, Millie Plester, Katie Greenfield, Jasmine Wallace, Hannah Bird, Isabelle Morrant, Hali Townsend, Henk Ackerman, Ty Criddle, Caitlyn McPharlin, Coach Mark Taylor, Jackson Bird and his dad, Simon, and Tracey Plester all completed the Solo swim, some for the first time.


IMG_230819 Busselton swimmers attended this meet held in the outside pool in Harvey, with Cicely Hodel, Tenille Pavlinovich and Callum Hannan competing for the first time. Despite a cold and windy start, the day soon became hot and still with a constant smell of smoke reminding us of the bush fires still burning nearby.

Jay Darnell and Zac Morrison were both top 5 achievers for the meet. Jay won 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals and achieved 6 PBs out of 7 swims. Zac won 2 bronze medals, achieved 6 out of 7 PBs and bravely attempted the 400 IM for the first time.  Kaitlyn Taylor was the only swimmer to achieve 100% PBs!  Amy, Cara and Tessa also brought home medals, bringing the total haul to 18.

Charlie Morrant and Lindsay Ward swam the 400m Freestyle for the first time.


With prize money of $17,000 for the first placed swimmer in the 10km swim, this event attracted top open water swimmers from all over the world.

The Australian and American swim teams who had participated in the Aquatic Super Series the evening before were also to be seen among the spectators and the some local girls managed to find time for a photo with America’s Ryan Lochte, 11 time Olympic medalist.

The conditions were windy and overcast with numerous large jellyfish but Cara still managed to get her 14 year old National time, and Tessa came in a few minutes later, in the 5km event.


Swimming WA went all out for State Champs this year with screening and curtains all over HBF Stadium so that it looked like a stage. The format was heats in the morning with semi-finals and finals in the evening, over 5 days. The evening events were filmed and displayed on the big screen and also streamed live on the internet. The swimmers were announced one at a time and walked to their blocks facing the cameras – a bit like the olympic games.

Cara and Tessa Viljoen entered events on the first two days only due to the competition being so soon after Country Champs. Cara came 5th in the 50m butterfly. Tessa made the finals for 100m breaststroke with a 2 second PB and Cara was a reserve.


Busselton Swimming Club had great success at the WA Sun Smart Country Championships in Perth in January.

Forty-three swimmers qualified for the Championships, showcasing the best swimmers outside of the Perth metropolitan area. The thirteen swimmers who attended managed to achieve 60 PBs, 35 state times, and 5 swimmers won medals.

All our swimmers achieved some PBs but Rikahn Eddington, Angus Johnstone-Walker, Maddy Johnstone-Walker, Lauren McGregor and Cara Viljoen achieved 100% PBs and Jay Darnell, Robert Viljoen and Ryan Van Den Berg got almost all PBs.

Maddy Johnstone-Walker won the silver medal in the 50m butterfly, Amy Kerr won silver in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, Robert Viljoen claimed silver in the 200m breaststroke, Tessa Viljoen won gold in the 1500m freestyle and bronze in the 800m freestyle and Cara Viljoen took six medals, including four golds which contributed to her being declared top achiever for the meet.


BUSSELTON Swimming Club members achieved excellent results in round 4 of Swimming WA’s Open Water Series at Champion Lakes in Perth in December.

Tessa Viljoen swam in the elite five kilometre event and finished fourth in her age group. Her time was fast enough for her to add a national qualifying time to her list of open water accolades.

Jack Greaves took out the silver medal placing in his age group despite swimming the five kilometre event for the very first time.

Busselton Swimming Club is very pleased to see many of its swimmers taking on the open water, inspired by the Open Water Clinic with three-time Rottnest Swim winner Paul Laver.


Well done to all our swimmers that competed at South West Region Carnival on the 7th of December. We had 26 swimmers compete with a total of 40 medals and 52 personal best times. Diz Morrant got the biggest PB, taking an impressive 1 minute and 15.29 seconds off her previous 400m freestyle time. Charlie Morrant took off 18.03 seconds off her 200m breaststroke, and Maddy Johnston-Walker took 14.86 seconds off her 200m individual medley. Piper Williams also took off a lot of time with a 9.31 second PB in her 100m backstroke. Well done, also, to Ashley Spencer and Thomas Toohey who competed for the first time.


Following our recent open water clinic, Piper Williams competed in the Open Water Series 3 at Coogee, near Fremantle.

Piper swam the 500m in a fast time of 10 minutes and 19 seconds which was good enough for 14th position in the 11 and Under event.  Her sister Indi (in the green cap) swam alongside her as chaperone as she is uder 11 years old.



Despite cool and windy conditions, some 27 swimmers from our Club and from Busselton SLSC attended our recent open water swimming clinic. Paul Laver, who swam for Busselton Swimming Club in the last Swimming WA Open Water Series and won the 2014 Rottnest Channel Swim, put the swimmers through their paces.

The day started with a training session in the pool, followed by that favourite among swimmers, Breakfast!  Afterwards, Paul gave a lecture with a question and answer session, and then on to the beach to learn some new skills.

The day ended with a mock race; one, two or three times around the course to put it all into practice.


City Beach OWS

Jaime Bowler and Tessa Viljoen braved the waves at City Beach, Perth on Sunday 14th November.  Jaime, who is registered with Busselton but lives in Perth, came second overall to Olympic 10km swimmer Heidi Gan in the Women’s 5km race. Tessa tried the 5km swim for the first time.  The conditions were tough with 15-20km winds and ocean swells but she managed to finish the race and came 9th in the girls 14 & under division.

The Open Water Series is well supported by Surf Life Saving with the spotter chopper passing over before events and plenty of Life Savers on the water: on boards, skis and rubber ducks.  The distances vary from 500m, 1,25km, 2,5km, 5km to 10 km so there is something for everyone.


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Three swimmers from Busselton Swimming Club, Amy Kerr, Cara Viljoen and Tessa Viljoen, participated in the Junior and Distance events in the outside pool at HBF/Challenge Stadium on Saturday 15th November.  Cara and Tessa also entered the senior events on Sunday 14th November which was, mercifully, held indoors as it was cooking outside. Amy collected a bronze, a silver, and a gold medal. Cara collected two bronze, one silver and a gold.



Congratulations to all our swimmers on a fantastic day at Bunbury. An astounding 30 swimmers attended, which is the Club’s largest participation in a swim meet in recent history.

What was impressive was all the new swimmers having a go and swimming in multiple events. The relays at the end were awesome and it was great to see everyone have a swim. Well done to those swimmers that achieved PBs!

Thank you to all those parents who made the trip up to Bunbury to watch and support their kids and the club.



We are trialing an open water swim once a month (instead of Friday night training at the pool).This coincides with the Surf Lifesaving Club holding their Club Day day once a month on a Friday night under lights.

Friday the 31st October was the first night and was very successful. We had 16 swimmers… 1 swimming a 500m course, 4 a 1 km course and 11 a 1.5km Course. A few members from the surf club also joined in.

Our next swim is on the 21st November, which just happens to be the day before the open water clinic, so it will fit in well. It starts at 4.30pm and then surf club goes from 5.30-7.30pm.


JX Qualifiers
JX AWARDS 2013/2014


Some of the Junior Excellence Qualifiers for the  2013/2014 Summer Long Course Season snapped at the recent PB Challenge.

The swimmers, who were aged between 9 and 13 during the summer season, received their packages containing either T-shirts or caps as recognition for their hard work and great performances.




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Swimmers, Parents and Coaches from Margaret River visited us for a friendly interclub PB Challenge on Saturday 25th October. Swimming was followed by coffee for the parents and breakfast all round.




Mark & Twins at States

Well done to Cara and Tessa Viljoen for 100% PBs at States!

Cara took off a total of 55.61 seconds from her PBs over 11 swims and narrowly missed a medal by placing 4th in the 50m butterfly.

Tessa took 66.08 seconds off her PBs over 11 swims plus a further 24.06 seconds off her 800m freestyle seed time.

Congratulations also to our “country cousin” Ester Pedrick who got 100% PBs in her 5 swims and took the bronze medal in her 50m butterfly event with a smashing time of 30.59!

A big thanks to Head Coach Mark Taylor who spent two days at Junior State Champs and a further two days at Senior State Champs supporting and encouraging our Busselton swimmers!


Congratulations to the following swimmers who achieved Senior State Qualifying Times for the 13 to open age groups: Jack Greaves, Lucy Greenfield, Maddy Johnston-Walker, Summer Northam, Charlie Plester, Cara Viljoen and Tessa Viljoen. Amy Kerr achieved Junior State Qualifying times and Maddy Johnston-Walker achieved both Junior and Senior State Qualifying times.




Well done to Maddy Johnston-Walker and Amy Kerr who competed at 2014 SWA Junior Short Course Championships at HBF/Challenge Stadium in Perth on 21st and 22nd September.
They had to meet strict qualifying times in order to enter and competed in a total of 15 events.

Maddy placed in the finals of three events and achieved two personal best times.

Amy, who has been swimming competitively for less than a year, swam seven personal best times and placed in the final of the 200m IM.




JX RESULTS 2013/2014

The Australian Junior Excellence Program rewards children aged 9 to 13 who have achieved certain target times at JX meets during the Long Course season.
Congratulations to the following Busselton swimmers who achieved JX times for 2013/2014:



Hannah Bird, Jackson Bird, Hannah Greenfield, Olivia Hewitt, Angus Johnston-Walker, Isabelle Morrant, Ryan Van Den Berg.
Lucy Greenfield, Charlie Plester, Sarah Van Den Berg, Jasmine Wallace.
Riley Culnane, Joshua Harris, Maddy Johnston-Walker, Ester Pedrick, Hannah Taylor, Tessa Viljoen, Piper Williams.
Beige Harris, Cara Viljoen