By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
HISTORY will be made at the Gladstone Aquatic Centre today when six-year-old Janaya Ray competes in the Harbour City Swim Meet.
When Janaya hits the water, she adds to a family tradition that goes back an astounding three generations.
It all started with Janaya's grandmother Adele Hughes who fell in love with swimming as a youngster, was translated through to her daughter Tiffany (Janaya's mum) and is added to by Janaya today.
For Adele, a long-time coach throughout the Gladstone region, today is certain to be a special day.
"It is very exciting,'' Adele said. "It is lovely to see what started with me and the sport I really love, continue on through my kids and now through to my granddaughter.
"You derive a huge amount of satisfaction out of that, it is just great. As a family, we are going to be out there cheering Janaya on this weekend.''
For Tiffany, who was a leading local swimmer and competed at a number of state championships, the day is sure to be a memorable one.
"Because this is Janaya's first carnival, it is a exciting time for everyone,'' Tiffany said.
"To see my daughter following in mine and my mum's footsteps is great. "We had Janaya in the water since she was six weeks old and I think it has all developed from there.''
One interesting footnote to this amazing story is that all three have been coached by legendary identity Marcel Ringuet who is also hitting the water this weekend.
In all, 330 swimmers will be in action, with local club Gladstone Gladiators providing the biggest team with 45 swimmers.
Fellow Gladstone district clubs Western Suburbs, Gladstone South and Boyne/Tannum are also tipped to feature in the action.
Action starts at 9am today and continues until 6pm, while on Sunday the action begins at 9am and is expected to finish at 2pm.