Gladstone Gladiators are holding the Liquid Energy Swim Meet this weekend. Jacinta Thefts, Patrick Crowe and Gretel Waugh dive off the blocks.
Gladstone Gladiators are holding the Liquid Energy Swim Meet this weekend. Jacinta Thefts, Patrick Crowe and Gretel Waugh dive off the blocks. Tom Huntley

Regional swim meet attracts 180 competitors to Gladstone

ELEVEN clubs from throughout Central Queensland will battle it out at Gladstone Aquatic Centre on Saturday when Gladstone Gladiators hosts its annual Liquid Energy Swim Meet.

Gladstone Gladiators publicity officer Carol McLean said the 11 clubs participating would bring 180 swimmers to the pool.

"Gladiators have 39 representing their club," McLean said.

With the 2012 McDonald's Queensland Titles coming up next month, the meet is important for many swimmers.

"It gives the kids an opportunity to have a race and qualify for the 2012 Queensland titles in December. They'll try and improve their times and qualify for that meet."

Ages of the competitors range from six to 17 years, but McLean said it was the young ones who mostly benefited from the meet because younger competitors would have the opportunity to race against older swimmers.

"It gives them a good race experience," she said.

"It's more competitive."

With the gates opening at 7.30am for a 9am start, McLean said she hoped people would get down to the pool in support of the local swimmers.

"Come down and watch some great swimmers," she said.

A canteen will operate at the pool for the day.



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