Cooper smashes a swimming record in the City of Charm
SWIMMING: Inspired by competing at home, Bundaberg's Isaac Cooper has broken one of the oldest swimming records at the annual City of Charm.
Competing in 200m backstroke, the Fairymead swimmer smashed the 23-year-old record in the 12-year-old age group.
Setting a time of 2:23.88 he beat the previous mark of 2:27.53 set by Troy Van Veen in the 1993 event.
The good news didn't end there for Cooper, who also qualified for the upcoming nationals with his time.
He was also named swimmer of the meet for his extraordinary performance.
Coach Paul Simms said it was stunning to see it.
"He smashed it," he said.
"He broke one of the oldest records we have and it was a great time."
After calling on his team before the event to set national qualifying times for the titles next year, Fairymead didn't disappoint.
Overall four posted good enough times to qualify for their age group with Macson Cottle (200m breaststroke), Connor Simms (50m freestyle) and Hayley Perry (100m backstroke) getting a spot on the team.
Unfortunately it wasn't all good news with Jaime Krueger, Jordan Smith and Julia Baren just falling short of getting the right times.
With more chances though to get the right times, Paul said they did well at their home meet.
"Connor did well without his racing suit, it was pretty outstanding," he said.
"I'm happy with the whole squad and they did well."
In the teams event, Fairymead also did well as they claimed first in the overall points score and third in the Mercantile Mutual relay.
They were beaten by Emu Park and Rockhampton City, who finished first and second respectively.
Finally in the average points score City finished first with Rockhampton swimmer Ty Hartnell cleaning up in the 14 events he competed in.
"It was a great event last weekend," Paul said.
"Thanks to everyone who put their hands up to help, especially the parents who gave up a lot of time and effort for the event."
Fairymead will now prepare for the state titles to be held on December 10 in Brisbane with about 40 athletes to be involved in the event from the club.