TALENT POOL: Back left - Federica Tiboni, Clara Furness, Sally Vagg, Coby Richardson and Elliah Hamono. Front - Caleb O'Mealley and Kane Martin
TALENT POOL: Back left - Federica Tiboni, Clara Furness, Sally Vagg, Coby Richardson and Elliah Hamono. Front - Caleb O'Mealley and Kane Martin Matt Taylor GLA291117SWIM

WATCH: Swimmers primed for challenges down south

SWIMMING: It will be a challenging, busy, but fulfilling next two weeks for a number of Gladstone, Boyne Island and Western Waves swimmers.

Gladstone Gladiators' Coby Richardson will compete in both the Pacific School Games in Adelaide from December 2-10 and then in Brisbane from December 9-15 at the Queensland State Swimming Championships.

Coby will focus in the 13-14 years 200m breaststroke in Adelaide and 100m and 200m breaststroke and 400 individual medley in Brisbane.

"It's been going good and I have been training all winter and basically all year leading up to these couple of meets," Coby said.

Coby said he has improved in strength and stamina in the past 12 months and that's something he's keen to put into practice over the next two weeks.

"At the Pacific School Games, I'm hoping to come top 10 and maybe a medal if I'm lucky and hoping to make finals at the states," Coby said.

Boyne-Tannum Bullets Sally Vagg is keen to show her stuff in the City of Churches in the 11 years 100m butterfly and 4 x 50m relay and has been under the watchful eye of head coach Kate Bell.

Sally's Bullets' team-mate Elliah Hamono looks forward to the states in Brisbane.

"I'm expecting to do a personal-best in the 400m freestyle and the 200m IM," Elliah said.

She will also swim in five other disciplines.

Sixteen-year-old Jarrod Lee is currently overseas in Mexico, but will be back for the Brisbane event to perform at his best in the 100m butterfly, 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 100m backstroke and 200m IM.

Western Suburbs Swimming Club's Clara Furness will swim in several categories in Brisbane.

"I'm focussing on 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle," Clara said.

She said the 100m backstroke will be her biggest challenge but she has set her expectations high.

Gladiators head coach Tom Fronek said his charges have been training hard before and after school and have committed to their cause so they are at their peak.



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