Backstrokers launch off the wall.
Backstrokers launch off the wall.

Gladiators make a splash

THE weekend proved perfect for the pool.

The sun was shining and it was hot.

Perfect for the Harbour City Swim Meet.

More than 240 swimmers from across Central

Queensland dove into the competition which started on Friday night.

Friday night's event included the longer distances such as the 800m and 1500m and Gladstone Gladiators coach Caroline Hayes was impressed with the numbers which contested the events.

"We had a lot more swimmers participate in the first night of competition," she said.

"It was good to see such interest in the distance events."

And the rest of the weekend did not let the Friday night down.

Personal bests were smashed, there were some great competitive races and 30 records were broken.

Joseph Richards was awarded Last Wave Watersports Sprint Champion.

"Generally all the clubs swam really well," she said.

"The 400m events saw some personal records smashed and the younger swimmers were breaking PBs constantly. That is all you can hope for.

"Overall there were some very impressive times."

Gladstone Gladiators proved to strong in the pool taking out the meet, adding to Hayes's happiness about the weekend.

"It was a very good result for the club winning our own meet," she said.

"Everyone's individual feats paid off for the club.

"I was very proud."

There was no rest for the club which was straight back in to training yesterday morning in preparation for the state sprint championships in two weeks and the Nationals which are 11 weeks away.



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