GALLERY: Coach chuffed with swimmers' results
SWIMMING: Gladstone Gladiators' rising star Kane Martin was just one of seven from the club who shone at the 2018 McDonald's Queensland Short Course Championships in Brisbane.
Kane, 12, won bronze medals in the 100m individual medley and the 100m backstroke and set some personal-best times.
"Kano was on fire, swimming out of his skin in those events with some smart racing," Gladiators' head coach Tom Fronek said.
With 1386 swimmers registered to race, the team of seven brought their own skill set to the Chandler Aquatic Centre and proved that regional areas can hold their own at state level.
"We witnessed some awesome racing over the three days, smashing PBs in almost every race," Fronek said.
"The few races we didn't PB in were due to small mistakes, but the swimmers learn from these mistakes and come back fighting harder than ever."
Kane also placed in the top 10 in the 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle and Kai Devine, 11, also placed in the top 10 in the 100m butterfly.
The Gladiators team achieved 28 PB times from 34 events and 19 of the swimmers gained top-20 places, including five in the top 10 and two third places.
Meanwhile, the club's sign-on is open. Check the Gladstone Gladiators Facebook site, or www.gladstone.swimming .org.au. Email gladstoneswimmingclub@ gmail.com.