STROKE, FLY AND STYLE: From left - Leulla Devir, Sally Vagg, Grace Bosci and Elliah Hamono. Front - left is Isaac Watters and Tom Vagg. FRONT: From left is Jacob and Caleb O'Mealley.
STROKE, FLY AND STYLE: From left - Leulla Devir, Sally Vagg, Grace Bosci and Elliah Hamono. Front - left is Isaac Watters and Tom Vagg. FRONT: From left is Jacob and Caleb O'Mealley. Matt Taylor GLA091218SWIMMERS

Youngsters ready to show what they are made of in Brisbane

SWIMMING: Hours and hours of brotherly rivalry and guidance have Jacob and Caleb O'Mealley as best prepared as possible for a Gladstone Souths Swimming Club onslaught over the next few days.

The pair are currently in Brisbane at the McDonalds Queensland Championships which starts tomorrow.

Fifteen-year-old Jacob said it's a great position to be in.

"We're always competing and pushing each other to be the best," he said.

While school may have just finished for the year, the brothers have stepped up their training program prior to this event.

It all happens morning and into the afternoons and early evenings for Jacob and Caleb.

"We train seven times a week at 90-120 minutes at a time," Jacob said.

"Most of it is in the pool and in the mornings we do land training which is push-ups, sit-ups and anything to do with core strength."

Souths head coach Adam Eiseman has been the man to oversee the training programs.

Jacob will compete in the 15-years boys 200m individual medley, 200m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle.

"Hopefully I'll smash out some personal-best times in the 200m IM and will try and get a good time in the 100m freestyle as well," Jacob said.

It's also a busy competition for Caleb who'll swim in the 14-years boys 200m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 200m IM, 400m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly.

Boyne Tannum Bullets Swim Club youngster Leulla Devir, 13, said coach Kate Bell has really helped her develop.

Leulla will swim in four disciplines - 200m freestyle, 400m IM, 200m IM and 400 freestyle.

"I just want to get a new personal-best and to be racing confidently," she said.

"I really like to race in long distances and IMs and Kate Bell has been great and definitely encouraging."



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