Records tumble as region?s young swimmers compete
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
IN A clear sign of friendly rivalry and support for each other, the five Gladstone region swimming clubs took part in yesterday's Orica Gladstone Closed Swim Championships.
One hundred and twenty three swimmers from Boyne/Tannum, Calliope, Gladstone Gladiators, Gladstone South and Western Suburbs converged on the Glad- stone Aquatic Centre.
Competition was red-hot as 26 meet records were broken with all the clubs providing standout performers.
Amy Quartermaine (Boyne/ Tannum), Matilda Lodder (Wests), Garrek Sankey (Boyne/ Tannum) and Xavier Player (Gladiators) showed plenty of speed by breaking four meet re- cords each.
It was no surprise the fabulous four were rewarded for their fine performances by collecting their respective age championships.
Boyne/Tannum coach Paul Rigney would have been pleased after six of his club's swimmers finished with age championships.
Apart from Quartermaine and Sankey, the Islanders celebrated the age wins of Ryan Beecroft, Corey Copeland, open age cham- pion Andrew Cowan and Hayley Quartermaine.
The Gladiators were again out in force and did not disappoint with seven age champions of their own.
Player, Dylan Raguse, Jarryd Brown, Antoinette Hayes, Codie Bennett, Matt Strike and Daniel Brown continued their fine form to keep the Gladiators faithful happy.
Western Suburbs also enjoyed their share of success with four age victories from Ryan Lynch, Clementine Lodder, Sarah Lowe and open age winner Kimberley Busteed.
Meanwhile, the Gladstone South club had plenty of reasons to smile after Charley Bond and Lucy Boneham went home with age champion awards, while the lone Calliope swimmer Jessica Cullen was in the mix.
The annual meet featured strong, friendly rivalry and support during the day.