Records sink with state-qualifying times achieved
GLADSTONE Gladiators hosted more than 250 swimmers at the Liquid Energy meet on Saturday, at the Gladstone Aquatic Centre.
It was one of the biggest fields in the event's seven-year history, with entrants coming from as far as Moura and Bundaberg.
Newly appointed Gladiators president John Tumbers said the event could not have been any better, with a many records broken in the perfect conditions.
"There have been 15 records broken in the first half of the events alone," he said. "It is very successful, it is what we expected, we have over 250 competitors."
For Tumbers, the records may not have been the best part of the competition.
Seeing new faces on the blocks, he felt the future was bright for swimming in Gladstone and central Queensland.
"A lot of people are in their first competition," he said.
"And in addition to that, so far today we have a number of state qualifier times."
It wasn't only the success which had Tumbers excited about the Liquid Energy meet. He was just happy to see the smiles on the faces of the Gladstone swimmers and the visiting teams as well.
"The message at the start of the day was to enjoy and that is the mindset," Tumbers said.
"Some of the kids are training up to 20 hours a week."
Tumbers believes just learning to swim is important.
He enjoys seeing swimmers trying to do their best as much as seeing the winners' smiles on receiving their medals.
"I encourage parents to consider swimming as a sport for their kids," he said.
"It teaches life skills and fitness as well.
"I think everyone should go down to whatever their local swimming club is."