Swimming carnival offers a future platform
SWIMMING: The 39th annual Harbour City Swim Meet begins today with almost 300 swimmers descending on the Gladstone Gladiators' headquarters.
The junior swimming carnival is shaping as one of the biggest meets in several years, with teams coming from far and wide to test the waters against Gladstone's best.
Not only does the carnival give swimmers the opportunity to put their training into practice, it can offer a stepping stone towards greater success.
Former Czechoslovakian swimmer and Gladiators' head coach Tom Fronek said swimmers were looking in fine form ahead of the weekend meet.
"They're a pretty good little team and we have a lot of good young swimmers so it should be a good performance from them,” he said.
Fronek has mentored Olympic swimmers but said he was now content to oversee the Gladstone Region's best.
He said meets such as Harbour City could often propel swimmers onto bigger and better things beyond regional areas.
"After that they are looking towards university and leaving the region,” Fronek said.
"I'm in a region so I'm always going to have swimmers who progress. Last year one of my boys moved to Brisbane and he's more likely to make the Commonwealth Games team.
"I have a number of kids here who are talented enough to represent their country, however, I can only take them to a certain stage because we have no base here for that level of swimming.”
Racing starts at 6pm today and 8.30am tomorrow and Sunday.
They'll be 25m and 50m events across all swimming disciplines.