Wests awesome foursome
SWIMMING: There were some outstanding results at the McDonalds 2017 Central Queensland Swimming Championships in Rockhampton on the weekend.
And none came better than the efforts of four Wests athletes, three of whom got CQ Age Champions and one who got runner-up
Kayden Gibson was champion for the eight-year-old boys, Wade Harris (10-year-old boys) and Caleb O'Mealley was top in the 12-year-old boys.
Tom, 11, was a member of the boys medley relay team which blitzed the field to.
"My team was one of the youngest there and we also got a personal best time as a team,” Tom said.
It was also an outstanding weekend for him individually.
"I got really good PB times in the 100m and 400m freestyles and I think my PB times were better by one or two seconds on average,” Tom said.
Wests spokesperson and Tom's dad Alex Staines said the boy's medley relay team of Wade Harris, Caleb O'Mealley, Tom Staines and Colby O'Flannagan produced a swim full of character.
"Colby was sensational in the way he swam that last leg where he swam three seconds faster than his previous PB,” Staines said.
He also said the result was from a lot of hard work.
"Colby's one of those kids where he always turns up to training and he had a slight lead going into that final leg,” Staines said.
It was one of those performances that would instil self-confidence to a swimmer when before he and others would have doubt about his ability.
"I think he and others would have doubted that he would have held on to the lead, but he did and he got to the other end of the pool to anchor that relay team,” Staines said.