Laurieton Swimming Club is open to all abilities for those who are keen to get in the water during the warmer months.
Last season several of the club’s swimmers competed at the national level, earning medals and gaining experience at Australia’s top swimming venues.
Club president Ann Pilkie said Laurieton Swimming Club welcomes everyone to dive in and swim each week.
“Swimming club is open to everyone who enjoys the water, from little ones to adults, mums, dads, and grandparents,” Ann said.
“We have whole families at the pool each Monday night enjoying the sport and doing something active together.
“Each week you’re essentially competing to improve your time in each stroke and progress through the grades.
“Non-swimmers are also welcome – we’re always looking for time keepers and helpers. Joining the club is a great way to meet people too.”
Swimmers can opt to compete at club level locally or represent the club at inter-club, area, state and national meets.
“Last season we celebrated a number of successes,” Ann said.
“Sisters Sarah and Claire McIntosh, and Madelaine Goodridge qualified for the Australian Age Championships in Brisbane.
“Sarah earned a silver medal in the open multi-class breaststroke at the NSW Short Course Country Championships.
“Sarah and Claire represented Laurieton and won the NSW Country March Past for Small Teams, they both also qualified and competed at the NSW Country Championships.
“Claire won the Girls Multi Class division at Swimming North Coast Long Course Championships in Coffs Harbour.
“Bailey Whitton won the 11 years boys division and Madelaine Goodridge won the girls’ multi-class at the Swimming North Coast Short Course Championships at Forster.”
This season club members can look forward to diving from the new starting blocks, installed by builder Barry Johnston who donated his labour costs to the swimming club.
The swimming club successfully applied for a NSW Government Community Building Partnership Grant to fund the purchase of the blocks.
The new starting blocks are built to FINA specifications and will give competitive and social swimmers experience diving from competition-level platforms.
Registrations are now open and the club season begins Monday, October 9 from 5pm.
New members can register online at www.northcoastnsw.swimming.org.au – click on Join Now and select Laurieton.
Swimming is from 5.45pm each Monday. There is a barbecue manned by club volunteers each week – so no need to worry about cooking dinner.
For more information visit the website www.laurietonswimmingclub.com.au