GOOD FORM: Zachary Reid, Sam Whitaker and James Hadley swam at the state sprint titles in Brisbane.
GOOD FORM: Zachary Reid, Sam Whitaker and James Hadley swam at the state sprint titles in Brisbane. Claudia Williams

Racing for personal bests

SWIMMING:When James Hadley stepped up to the blocks ready to race at the Nanango State High School swimming carnival he was focussing on achieving a personal best.

In doing so he wrote his name into the record books for 15 year-old boys 50 metre freestyle and breaststroke.

James' achievements are set to stand the test of time with the previous records set by B O'Sullivan in 1986.

He swam a personal best in freestyle stopping the clock at 27.40 seconds and finished 50 metres breaststroke in 35.93 seconds.

James competed at the Queensland sprint championships alongside his Kingaroy swim club team mates Zachary Reid and Sam Whitaker last weekend.

The championships took place at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre in Brisbane.

James raced all four strokes in under-14 boys age category and in open men's breaststroke, his pet event.

In the open event he finished an impressive 22nd place against swimmers up to twice his age.

Sam is a new member at the Kingaroy club and travels from Mundaberra twice a week for training.

His performance in the pool has benefited from the move.

"My technique has improved and my speed,” he said.

He competed in under-14 breaststroke and freestyle at the championships.

For Zachary the excitement of being able to compete against swimmers across Australia at a world-class facility added to the experience.

"We're from a country town where it is really small and at Chandler it is really big and really crowded,” he said.

"I like the spirit of event and the atmosphere and celebrating it with my parents.”