Trio full of smiles over swim success
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
THE power of three was the key that unlocked the door of state swimming success for Gladstone Gladiators trio Thomas Hayes, Hayley Quartermaine and Jarryd Brown.
The talented trio returned home with smiles as big as Luna Park after their medal-winning success at the recent Queensland Sprint Championships in Brisbane.
Hayes was the best performer winning gold in the 17-18 years 50 metre breaststroke.
The win was an early birthday present for Hayes who turns 18 on Thursday.
"To win gold was great because I didn't think I swam that well,'' Hayes said.
"But it was good enough for me to win and that was great.'' Hayes added his preparation leading into the championships had an impact and mentioned the help of club-mate Steve Kanowski.
"Steve was a great help to me, he was always challenging us to go faster and that paid off for me in Brisbane,'' he said.
Brown, 12, continued his fine recent run of form winning two bronze medals in the 11-12 years breaststroke and butterfly.
"Winning two medals was cool, I was probably most happy with my butterfly swim because it has improved over the last year,'' Brown said.
For the youngest of the trio, 11-year-old Quartermaine, her bronze in the 9-10 years butterfly was a first at state level.
"I swam a PB (personal best) in the final and to get a medal made it worthwhile,'' Quartermaine said.
The three also wanted to pay tribute to coach Caroline Hayes for getting them to peak at the right time.