POOL GLADIATOR: Jack Ireland will represent Australia in the INAS Global Games. He hopes to break records for butterfly and freestyle events.
POOL GLADIATOR: Jack Ireland will represent Australia in the INAS Global Games. He hopes to break records for butterfly and freestyle events. LAURA Mckee

Swimmer, 15, to represent Australia in global games

GLADSTONE State High student Jack Ireland will make his biggest splash of all at the 2015 INAS Global Games.

The Gladstone Gladiator swimmer was chosen to represent Australia at the games from September 17-27 - in Ecuador.

The games are every four years and showcase the world's best athletes, who have an intellectual disability, in over nine sports.

Jack, 15, can't wait to show the world what he's got.

"I was pretty stoked when my mum told me," he said.

"It took a while to sink in because I have never done an international race before.

"It was one of my goals. The other one is to make the next Olympics."

Jack's coach Tom Fronek believes the experience will put him in good stead for the Rio Olympics in 2016 or the Tokyo games in 2020.

"He has improved drastically and he's got the potential for sure," he said.

"He thrives on hard work."

Mr Fronek said the INAS Global Games were a big event on Swimming Australia's calendar.

"There are lots of different classes and it's a pretty big event."

To help fund Jack's trip to Ecuador, Gladstone Events Centre is hosting a fundraiser at Yaralla on July 18 at 6pm.

Tickets are $75. Call 0428 750 049 to book a ticket.



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