Caleb is inspired from results in the pool
SWIMMING: Gladstone South Swimming Club athlete Caleb O'Mealley returned from the State Long Course Championships a much better swimmer.
The Tannum Sands High School 13-year old student achieved personal-best times in several disciplines down south.
"I think what I really got out of it was the experience I had like who I am versing and the feeling of it," Caleb said.
He competed in the 200m backstroke, 200m individual medley, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke.
"I got personal best times in all of my races except for my 100m butterfly," Caleb said.
Those results has ticked all the boxes in what Caleb had planned before the Brisbane event.
"I think I achieved most of my goals except I wanted to qualify for the nationals in my 200m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke," he said.
But it's not that much of an improvement that he needs to take his swimming to the next level.
"I was two seconds off in my 200m backstroke, one second off in my 100m backstroke and half a second off in my 100m freestyle," Caleb said.
He suggested that the PB times, along with the near misses toward making the national qualifying times, were highlights that he experienced.
Caleb also said to be among world-class swimmers in the same event left him in awe.
"I saw Cam McEvoy, Mack Horton and Emily Seebohm around the pool," he said.
He trains regularly at the Gladstone Souths Swimming Club and mentioned his two biggest influences throughout his fledgling career.
Although there is some family rivalry.
"I think definitely coach Adam (Eiseman) and he really helps and encourages me," Caleb said.
"My older brother Jacob is like my main competition at the club."