After 7 days, 14 grueling sessions, 238 events and thousands of swims, the 2022 McDonald's Queensland Championship has come to an end. The 414 swimmers from the Gold Coast that competed over the week in relays and individual events outdid themselves with some incredible swims, resulting in either victory, medals, finals and personal bests.
The meet started off with Relay Day, which is one of, if not the largest day in world swimming. An enormous amount of swimming was conducted and Swimming Gold Coast swimmers performed incredibly with 20 teams winning Club Relay Medals, while in the Regional Relays, SGC teams came away with a further 7 medals (Results below). It was a fabulous day and SGC would like to thank the Team Managers (and timekeepers) for their assistance on the day to ensure the swimmers had an incredible experience.
On Sunday, the individual events began and if you thought you saw a huge number of Gold Coast swimmers on the podium, then you would be correct. 288 individual swimmers from 18 Gold Coast clubs competed in 1280 events across the remainder of the long week. These swimmers collected 100 Gold Medals, 90 Silver Medals and 79 Bronze Medals (269 in total). (Details Below). These medals were won by a phenomenal 14 clubs across the coast, showcasing the incredible coaching ability and club depth we have here on the coast. On top of this, there were countless finals appearances, including many first time state finalist accomplishments.
Furthermore, congratulations to the following swimmers named as Age Champions for the Championships.
Mackenzie Croker - 12yrs Boys - AB Paterson
Kai Gilbert - 14yrs Boys - TSS Aquatic (also Tuesday's Swimmer of the Session)
Georgie Roper - 17yrs Girls - Miami
Enoch Robb - 17yrs Boys - All Saints - tie with
Noah Kamprad - 17yrs Boys - Miami
Madeleine McTernan - Para Swimmer of the Meet
Overall, it was an incredibly successful Queensland Championships. Congratulations to all of the wonderful swimmers and great work, not just in your swimming achievements, but also your conduct on pool deck, it was exceptional. To all of the coaches, thank you for all of the work you put in, your assistance and persistence with the swimmers, providing them with the skills (physical and mental) they need to perform at their best. Congratulations on the rewards from your hard work. Finally to the technical officials who give up there time to ensure the meet is conducted fairly and in accordance to the rules, giving each swimmer equal opportunity to race.
Well Done to everyone - onto 2023!!!