Ireland moves south to help further career
GLADSTONE'S Jack Ireland and his family are moving to Brisbane to help develop his career and the young gun says he is "ready for the challenge”.
At 16 years Ireland will be one of the University of Queensland squad's younger members and he will have a new mentor in David Heyden.
"At University of Queensland my squad is faster and older and there are some really quick swimmers for me to train with,” he said.
Gladstone coach Tom Fronek has been a driving force in in Ireland's development, for which he is grateful.
"Tom and the Gladiators have been great and he has helped me get faster,” Ireland said of his former coach.
"He has taught me that it's important to listen to your coach and always turn up to training if you want to get better.
"He has made me a hard worker.”
Ireland is ever the perfectionist and he has won swags of medals in Gladstone and interstate in major swimming competitions.
"I have lots to improve on and I have to train really hard, listen to my coach, and stay focused,” he said.
"I want to keep improving on my technique so I can get faster. I've also been working hard on my my breaststroke to improve my medley.”
Jack swam at the Queensland short-course championships recently and became the Queensland mens multi-class champion, with six gold and two silver medals.
He broke an Australian open mens record in the 100m backstroke and was awarded the "swimmer of the meet” title.
Jack was also named in Swimming Queensland Gold Squad and was invited to the Towards Tokyo training camp with other Talent Identified swimmers, Olympians and Paralympians.
He has qualified for all events in the 2016 Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Swimming Championships at Brisbane Aquatic Centre from November 3 to 5.