Gladiators eye bigger swim sprint honours
FRESH from an impressive showing at last month's Harbour City Swim Meet, Gladstone Gladiators competitors are eyeing off bigger honours at the 2006 Queensland Sprint Championships this weekend.
Gladiators is sending 20 swimmers, the largest contingent of any of the Gladstone clubs, to pit their skills against the state's best in the unforgiv-ing 50-metre sprint format over two tough days at the Chandler Aquatic Centre.
Among those expected to be in medal contention are Corey Brown, Hayley Quartermaine, Jarryd Brown and Thomas Hayes with others likely to feature in finals competition.
For youngsters Quartermaine, Chris Hansen, Stacey Daniels and Joseph Richards, this weekend's state sprint championships will be their first, adding valuable experience to their fledgling careers.
Quartermaine and her sister Amy, who will also compete this weekend, won their respective 10 years and 12 years girls' age championship at the Harbour City meet.
At the other end of the scale is 17-year-old Thomas Hayes, an experienced competitor at state level, who will look for a big performance this weekend.
With all events conducted over 50-metres at the sprint championships, competitors have little room for error with a slow start being enough to sabotage an otherwise medal-worthy performance.