MAIN EVENT: Action during the 2018 Harbour City Swim Meet.
MAIN EVENT: Action during the 2018 Harbour City Swim Meet. Mike Richards GLA210119SWIM

Adrenaline sure to flow during Harbour City Meet

SWIMMING: There'll be no excuse for sluggishness at this weekend's Harbour City Swim Meet.

Swimmers as young as four will be standing on the blocks in an effort to impress their club mates and hopefully qualify for the state titles.

South Swimming Club will have 44 swimmers competing and president Ryan Chinner is very pleased with the representation.

"We've got four-year-olds up to 15-year-olds so it's a real mix. That will be our highest amount attending Harbour City - last year we had about 30 go," Chinner said.

"We're very happy with those numbers and it's a deep mix of ages and abilities."

Those numbers are still encouraging despite the meet falling over the Australia Day long weekend.

"The numbers for the meet overall are right up there so there's plenty competing," Chinner said.

"The main thing about this meet is it's one of the last opportunities for kids to qualify for the state sprint championships, so you do get a lot of competitors."


Gladstone South Swimming Club president Ryan Chinner.
Gladstone South Swimming Club president Ryan Chinner. Mike Richards GLA120818SWIM

Chinner said there hasn't been a lot of rest for the swimmers since the turn of the year.

"Our coach Adam Eiseman has been working them hard and they had the CQ Sprint Championships only two weeks ago at Blackwater.

"With our kids the only time they get off training - if they're here - is just that one week over Christmas/New Year, but they train right through otherwise.

"I think that time off over Christmas actually helps and they get to recharge the batteries and they often come back even better."

Wests' coach Beccy Desertiaux said they'll be taking 15 swimmers to the meet, a number that would've been higher if not for the long weekend.

"Our youngest one is six then it ranges up to our eldest our is 15," she said.

"We've got about five who are really going to hit it to get those times for the states and they're not that far off getting them."

Like Souths, Wests swimmers have been training the house down in order to improve their times.

Desertiaux said their swimmers will taper their training today with a view to being in prime shape come tomorrow and Sunday.

While there might be some nerves and interrupted sleep tonight, the roar of the crowd and adrenaline of a major swim meet is likely to shave some time off the clock.

"I used to be a competitive swimmer and that buzz you get before, and having your companions around you and cheering you on, gives you that edge to go and get the swimmer in the next lane," Desertiaux said.

"It always helps and we are a club that likes the seniors mentoring juniors and everyone eggs each other on, which gives you that extra push."

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