Freestyler blasts fancied swimmers out of the pool
HAVING competed in Queensland State Championships four times in the past, Jack Cartwright hit the pool at Chandler in December's edition with no expectation of earning a podium finish.
After a solid swim that helped the Central Queensland 16 and under team to a silver medal in the 4x50m Freestyle relay, Jack was confident of challenging his PB in the individual events, so what happened in the next races surprised even him.
Winning a gold medal in the 100m and 200m freestyle events, Jack is still coming to terms with the enormity of what he achieved.
"I never won anything in the previous years," he said. "It was amazing, I have not been doing anything different."
The quietly spoken and humble 15-year-old is still feeling the emotion of the championships, but is putting his effort into going even further with his swimming.
Back in the pool after only a brief break for Christmas, Jack has set his sights on a good result at Nationals in April.
"It didn't hit me until after the titles finished what I had done," Jack said. "Next is April for the Nationals, it will go alright hopefully."
Jack's attitude of hard work, training 13 1/2 hours a week, and the surprise at achievement epitomises the whole Gladstone Gladiators squad.
All of the swimmers put hard work and sportsmanship before performance, yet are no slouches when it comes to the State titles.
The Gladiators had 11 swimmers attend the titles in December, competing in 47 events, making 11 finals and establishing 33 personal bests.
Gladstone Gladiators team:
Jack Cartwright, Budd Baublys, Lachlan Pacheco, Charlee Baublys, Jacinta Thefs, Ayden Tchernegovski, Rongo Goodhew, Scott Randle, Larah Fedalto, Jack Ireland, Ruby Lawler, Michael Pacheco.