Western Suburbs’ Luke Ibell about to crash the pool in the Boys 15-and-over 50 metre freestyle at the Western Suburbs Spring Sprint.
Western Suburbs’ Luke Ibell about to crash the pool in the Boys 15-and-over 50 metre freestyle at the Western Suburbs Spring Sprint. The Gladstone Observer

Springing to action

IT was a dash for cash in the pool on Saturday as swimmers fought it out for fast times, medals and points for their club.

Swimming clubs from the Gladstone region and beyond made a big splash at the John Dahl Pool, as the Western Suburbs Swim Club held its annual Spring Sprint.

The skies had cleared from the night before, revealing a clear, sunny day and there wasn't a dry swimmer in the place as races ran from 8.30am until mid-afternoon.

Spectators packed the Western Suburbs venue, vocally supporting their club's swimmers as they competed in the short-course event.

Breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and butterfly 25m and 50m events were featured in the meeting , and included 7-and-under through to 16-and-over age groups. There were also 100m individual medleys.

Gladstone Gladiators' Alex Williams was named swimmer of the meet, while his club took out the highest points shield.

As well as the Gladiators and hosts Western Suburbs, competing clubs included the Biloela Bluefins, Emu Park, St Brendans, Sharks, Caribeae, Rocky City, Boyne/Tannum, Catfish and Crescent Lagoon.

Western Suburbs club president Tiffany Ray said the day was a great one for swimming and the meet had gone very smoothly.

“The kids had a fun time and some were setting PBs (personal bests),” Ray said.

The number of competitors – 201 – was the highest recorded in the past few years and Western Suburbs contingent of 57 was the most the club had fielded at the annual meet.

“All our swimmers swam very well,” Ray said.



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