MORE than 150 people with a disability competed in the 11th annual Challenge Community Services Gunnedah swimming carnival earlier this month at the Gunnedah Memorial Swimming Pool.
Competitors travelled from Dubbo, Bathurst, Mudgee, Muswellbrook, Newcastle and further afield to participate in the event on April 3 and were supported by a record number of spectators.
Swimming events included the egg-and-spoon race, sunken treasures and walk the pool, as well as traditional freestyle and kickboard races.
There were many winners on the day, with first-, second- and third-place medals awarded for more than 40 events and trophies awarded to the overall champions, best cheer squad and overall champion team.
Challenge chief executive officer Barry Murphy said the talent was very impressive again this year.
“The calibre and skill of the competitors is always inspiring. A person with a disability who may not be able to use their legs out of the pool can completely surprise you by swimming like a champion in the water. It is often a complete transformation,” Mr Murphy said.
The swimming carnival is well-supported by the Gunnedah community, with many volunteers and local businesses giving up their time and services to help ensure the event’s success.
“We have received tremendous support from the Gunnedah community over the years and are very thankful to our Gunnedah staff and committee, who work hard to make this event the success it is,” he said.