Tamworth City hosts massive carnival

Keeping stroke: Tamworth's Mikaela Short competes in the breaststroke at Sunday's massive Tamworth City carnival. Photo: Peter Hardin 060117PHA426

Keeping stroke: Tamworth's Mikaela Short competes in the breaststroke at Sunday's massive Tamworth City carnival. Photo: Peter Hardin 060117PHA426

Tamworth City Swimming Club attracted record numbers to its annual carnival on Sunday.

Nearly 300 swimmers took to the water in what was club secretary Cheryl Hayes said the biggest carnival the club has held.

“The most number of entries, the most swimmers and most number of clubs,” she said.

There was some concern initially being so close to the Christmas/New Year festivities, but they were well and truly washed away with the club receiving over 1700 entries. 

They came from 36 different clubs, and from as far a field as Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney and the coast.

“It’s been massive from our point of view the distance people came,” Hayes said.

One of the features of the carnival is the Dash for Cash events, where the fastest eight freestyle swimmers battle it out down the lanes.

Narrabri’s Hamish Wright touched the wall in 30.88secs and first in the boys 12 and under.

360 Scully Park’s Amelia Fauchon won the girls race in 30.69secs, while club-mate Nathan Watts took the cash in the boys 13 and over with a personal best time of 25.95secs and Scone’s Ebony Taylor clocked 29.11secs to win the girls 13 and over.

It was a big day with the first swimmers hitting the water at 8.30am, and events running through to late in the afternoon.