Gladstone Gladiators head off to realise swimming potential
HARD work and plenty of training has paid off for 13 Gladstone Gladiator swimmers who have qualified for the 2012 McDonald's Queensland Championships.
The team will go to the Brisbane Aquatic Centre to start competing tomorrow with events continuing until Friday, December 21.
Gladiators coach Caroline Hayes said the fact that so many swimmers from the club qualified for states was great.
"For regional swimmers it is always exciting to see where they are at compared to the city kids," Hayes said.
Some who qualified were seasoned swimmers but Hayes said some, like Annabel Waugh, would be facing their first state swim.
"For the first time it is always really, really exciting."
She said the carnival would be tough but as long as the swimmers tried their best, a medal would be a bonus.
"The kids even making a final is a really huge achievement and just going and swimming as best they can is a huge achievement as well.
"It is just for the kids to realise their full potential."
Club captain Andrew McLean won his first state title medal at the Queensland secondary schools championships in March but his focus isn't on medals.
"I would like to get a medal but I am really focused on nationals," Andrew said.
Swimming in the 16 years boys 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle as well as the open 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke, Andrew said he was hoping to swim a time which would qualify him for nationals in February.
"I've had a really good preparation up to this meet and done really good times during training sessions."
Fellow Gladiator Ayden Tchernegovski qualified for nationals for the 400m individual medley at Fairymead Swim Meet last month and was also Age Champion.
- Lachlan Pacheco 11
- Larah Fedalto 11
- Jacinta Thefs 12
- Rongo Goodhew 13
- Ayden Tchernegovski 13
- Annabel Waugh 14
- Jack Cartwright 14
- Michael Pacheco 14
- Scott Randle 15
- Patrick Crowe15
- Andrew McLean 16
- Alex Williams 17
- Ruby Lawler 18