Gladiators swim for club honours
GLADSTONE Gladiators looks set to wage a mighty battle with Bundaberg's Fairymead for overall club honours at this weekend's Harbour City Swim Meet at the Gladstone Aquatic Centre.
The Gladiators will field 45 competitors, the largest of any individual club, although Fairymead, with 42, is not far behind and will push for overall honours.
With Central Queensland premiership points on offer, the twoday carnival has drawn 330 competitors who, between them, have nominated for 2026 individual events.
Also on the line are spots at the state sprint championships in Brisbane next month and April's national titles with swimmers chasing qualifying times for both events this weekend.
The majority of entrants hail from throughout Central Queensland, including other Gladstone district clubs Western Suburbs, Gladstone South and Boyne/Tannum.
Rockhampton outfit Caribeae are also expected to be a heavyweight outfit over the two days, with the traditionally strong club being represented by 36 swimmers.
The Rocky City club is also strong with the likes of state and national medallist Matthew White and former Western Suburbs swimmer Adam Eiseman to hit the water.
A number of Gladstone district competitors are expected to push for age championship honours with Gladiators pair Hayley Quartermaine and Jarryd Brown and Western Suburbs' Sarah Lowe among those leading the charge.
Swimmers range in age from five-year-old Caribeae entrant Catelyn Lynch to 53-year-old Western Suburbs veteran Marcel Ringuet.
Gladstone's youngest competitor is six-year-old Gladiators club member Janaya Ray.
The action starts at 9am on Saturday and continues until 6pm. Competition resumes at 9am on Sunday with proceedings expected to wrap up about 2pm.