Gladiators set sights on swim titles
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
KEEP your eyes open because a record number of Gladstone Gladiators are on the lookout for medals at this weekend's State Sprint Swimming titles at the Chandler Pool in Brisbane.
After tearing up the pool at the recent Harbour City meet, 19 Gladiators members are heading down to the state capital to take part in the two-day event.
All events at the titles are over 50-metre and often throw up plenty of upset results.
This year the Gladiators have a number of excellent chances led by 2004 state medallists Thomas Hayes, Xavier Player and Jarryd Brown.
Eleven-year-old Brown, who easily collected the men's age championships at the Harbour City meet, is in white hot form at the moment.
The Gladiators have high hopes for a majority of their swimmers including Antoniette Hayes, Matthew Strike, Corey Brown, Alex Kujanpaa and the youngest member of the team nine-year-old Ashleigh Musulin.
Overall, the sprint titles have attracted 1191 competitors from throughout Australia including Athens Olympian Libby Lenton and rising AIS star Brenton Rickard.
Action starts on Saturday morning and concludes Sunday afternoon.
The complete Gladiators squad is: Ashleigh Musulin, Michael Hankinson, Shannen McLean, Hannah Curran, Dean Strike, Jarryd Brown, Antoniette Hayes, Matthew Strike, Alex Kujanpaa, Broughton McIntyre, Corey Brown, Codie Bennett, Daniel Brown, Thomas Hayes, Paul Clarke, Melissa Hankinson, Xavier Player, Frazer Boneham and Jessica Musulin.