Harbour City Meet another splashing success
SWIMMING: For the 39th year in a row the Harbour City Swim Meet has provided yet another springboard towards success for junior swimmers from throughout Central Queensland.
More than 280 juniors made a splash at the meet with plenty of smiles and scintillating times seen across the weekend.
Hosted by Gladstone Gladiators Swimming Club, the meet attracted teams from as far north as Mackay, west to Tieri and as far south as the Sunshine Coast.
Not only does the carnival offer junior swimmers a chance to have some fun before school resumes, it also provides a handy warm-up for children eyeing off a place at next month's State Championships in Brisbane.
Gladiators president Shane Richardson said the carnival's success was obvious with the hill and stand at the Tank St swimming pool packed with colour and excitement.
"We've got really solid numbers this year, you just need to look around and see all the different clubs and how many tents are here,” Richardson said.
"It's really pleasing to have so many here, but on top of that it's all the young ones - we've got five and six-year-olds getting out there giving it their best.
"Swimming is alive and well in CQ and there's a lot of depth. It's a meet that offers something for everyone, from your 25-metre (swimmer) to anyone who wants to make a national qualifying time, this meet is an A-grade meet so they can do that as well.
"It's really pleasing to see the swimming community come together. It's a team effort but it goes beyond our club.”
Western Suburbs Swimming Club president Alex Staines said he was pleased with how the club performed, with gold medals weighing down the necks of many of its swimmers.
The meet also gave Wests' juniors a chance to test themselves against CQ's best as they prepare for States at Brisbane's Chandler Aquatic Centre.
"Every single one of these clubs are using this carnival as a lead-up to the States next month,” Staines said.
"That's the benefit of having this meet so close to States because it's a good time to blow out the cobwebs and prepare for the big championships around the corner.
"The thing with these early carnivals in January is you never know what level of fitness your kids are going to be at after finishing in December and having that Christmas break.
"The best thing about our results from this weekend is our kids have not only set personal bests, but are still showing signs of further improvement which is a great lead-up to the States.”
The recently established Gladstone South Swimming Club had a decent outing too as it competed in its first Harbour City carnival.
Club president Ryan Chinner said the club's swimmers had a really good meet.
"We've got 27 swimmers here and they're all doing some PBs and there's been some medals collected - they're all having a good time which is the main thing,” Chinner said.
"The Gladstone Gladiators put on a good meet and the kids seem to have a good time.
"It's a local meet so we get all our younger kids coming along and our up-and-comers who can just barely make 25 (metres) but they're in there having a go.”