FAST FOUR: Peyton Craig, 10 (West), Coby Richardson, 12 (Gladiators), Lachlan Pacheco, 14 (Gladiators), Jack Ireland, 16 (Gladiators) have been selected to represent Queensland at the Pan Pacific games held in Adelaide.
FAST FOUR: Peyton Craig, 10 (West), Coby Richardson, 12 (Gladiators), Lachlan Pacheco, 14 (Gladiators), Jack Ireland, 16 (Gladiators) have been selected to represent Queensland at the Pan Pacific games held in Adelaide. Paul Braven

Foursome off to swim against best of school kids

GLADSTONE'S awesome foursome of swimmers of Jack Ireland, Lachlan Pacheco, Coby Richardson and Peyton Craig is headed for the School Sport Australia Pacific School Games to compete against the best in Australia and surrounds.

The event, in Adelaide from Saturday and finishes Sunday week, has teams from all over Australia and at least 12 other countries, and caters for students between 10 and 19.

Gladstone Gladiators Swimming Club will be represented by Jack, Lachlan and Coby while Wests SC sole rep is Peyton.

At just 10-years-old, Peyton is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.

"It's my first Nationals and I'm very excited," he said.

He sees it as a highlight and hopes to nail it in the breaststroke category, which is his favourite.

His commitment to the cause down south is unparalleled in many aspects given he attends school where time management is essential.

Peyton Craig, 10 will compete for the first time in Adelaide at the Pan Pacific games. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
Peyton Craig, 10 will compete for the first time in Adelaide at the Pan Pacific games. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

"I train about eight sessions a week and my coach Adam Eiseman is tough on me at training and he has coached me for seven years," Peyton added.

He has an older sister Ella, 13, and surprisingly one would expect the older sibling to give advice.

Not so with Peyton.

"I give Ella my tips," Peyton smiled.

And the reason he chose swimming as a potential avenue to stardom is simple and that's how it should be.

"Swimming is fun and it keeps me healthy and I also meet lots of new friends," he said.

Fourteen-year-old Lachlan is eyeing off his strength, which is the 50-metre butterfly.

"I hope to get PBs and improve my placings," Lachlan said of the sport, which he trains for sometimes six times a week.

Disciplinarian mentor Tom Fronek is the coach of Lachlan, Jack and Cody.

THINGS ABOUT PEYTON

  • AGE: 10
  • OTHER SPORTS: Rugby league, nippers and running
  • AIM: Love to make the Olympic team
  • FAVOURITE MUSIC: Pop
  • DISCIPLINES: 50 and 100m breaststroke, 200m IM, relay