The legendary atmosphere at the GPS Swimming Championships powered 960 competitors through an awesome day of swimming at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre. The Juniors kicked off an incredible day of competition, where twelve GPS records were broken and countless personal bests were achieved by the young competitors in the sixth annual GPS Carnival for juniors aged 10 Years and Under to 12 Years and Under.
The 2019 senior competition for swimmers aged 13 Years and Under to Open marked the 96th successive year the event has taken place, and saw five GPS records fall in a thrilling day in the pool.
St Joseph’s Nudgee College came out victorious in the senior event, claiming the title for the first time since 2012, with Brisbane Grammar School taking second and The Southport School coming in third place. There were also celebrations for Nudgee earlier in the day, when they claimed the 2019 Junior GPS title, with Anglican Church Grammar School coming in second, followed by Brisbane Boys’ College in third.
Supporters were in full voice, cheering their teams in an epic display of school spirit. Brisbane Boys’ College Swimmer, Thomas Brentnall summed up the mood, “The atmosphere is amazing. It’s loud and it’s alive,” he enthused.
Swimmers from across all nine GPS schools showed incredible determination and put in some fine performances, with wonderful support from their schoolmates, staff and coaches, and families from the GPS community making it a truly memorable day.