WERRIS Creek Amateur Swimming Club has received near-record entries for tomorrow’s 45th Long Course Qualifying Swim Carnival.
682 entries have been received from 124 swimmers throughout the region.
Club secretary Tammy Clark said swimmers would be coming from as far away as Raymond Terrace, Taree, and Wee Waa for an important meet that is the last chance for athletes to qualify for the NSW Country
The Country Championships will be held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (Homebush) on February 22/23, with entries closing next Wednesday.
It is an exciting time for the small club as this will be the first meet that it will use automatic timers, after hiring the technology from Swimming NSW for the event.
One of the highlights of the carnival will be the Filters Galore Dash for Cash, a race to be held in two divisions, under 12s and the 13s and over.
The Werris Creek club has 20 regular swimmers aged from six to 25 and is held together by a small army of volunteer parents and friends that keep it going forward and thriving.
Debbie Faulkner is the head coach, with Olivia Chapman her assistant.
It has already been a great season for the club, with five swimmers qualifying for the Speedo Sprints last weekend in Tamworth.
Two swimmers have already qualified for the Country Championships after swimming fast times in other meets in the region.
This carnival is in the middle of a busy time for local clubs, with Quirindi’s carnival to be held next weekend.
The Werris Creek club trains four afternoons a week as well as a club competition night every Tuesday.
The pool was built by the community in 1969 and the club is proud of the community support and enthusiasm that has existed ever since.
For any more information, contact club secretary Kellie Tickle (0478 595218).