WINNERS: Caleb O'Mealley, Kai Chinner and Kayden Gibson were all age champions in their categories.
WINNERS: Caleb O'Mealley, Kai Chinner and Kayden Gibson were all age champions in their categories. contributed

Souths juniors take out CQ sprint titles

SWIMMING: They might be new but Gladstone South Swimming Club is showing there's plenty of talent in

its ranks.

The club produced three age champions at last weekend's Central Queensland Sprint Championships in Biloela.

Souths was established in the second half of last year.

Kayden Gibson in 9-year boys, Kai Chinner in 11-year boys and Caleb O'Mealley in 13-year boys were the club's winners. There were 12 athletes from the club who raced at the competition.

The age champion is worked out from accumulating points across all strokes.

Club president Ryan Chinner said the club was "pretty stoked”, given it was a Central Queensland-wide competition.

"There's some pretty stiff competition,” Chinner said.

"You get some very good swimmers that come from Rockhampton and the clubs in Gladstone as well as some of the regional clubs that come in, so we were pretty happy.”

Another notable performance from the club came from Jesse Hayden.

He finished just one point away from the runner-up spot in the 11-year division, which would have given Souths a one-two finish.

Chinner attributed the club's success to Adam Eiseman.

"He is fantastic, just with the way he dedicates everything with his effort to the kids, he leaves nothing to chance and he's there on deck with them for pretty much every race,” he said.

"So that's pretty much what we credit it to.”

Chinner said there were some great swimmers in Queensland and throughout the Central Queensland region.

He said it was great to see and was hopeful there would be some more talent.

This weekend the club's swimmers will turn their focus to the Harbour City meet at Gladiators Swim Club.

Souths will have 27 swimmers racing across the three-day event which starts on Friday night.

Chinner said it would be a big event for Gladstone and the club.

"We're expecting some good progress there,” he said. "We've got a whole range of kids from six right up to 14-year-olds and they're at all levels.

"We've got some kids that can barely make 50m but they're in there having a crack and then we go right up there to the state level swimmers.”

Chinner said Gladstone Gladiators Swimming Club always put on a good competition so he said the club was looking forward to the event.



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