Kootingal Moonbi Swimming Club will host its biggest ever carnival on Sunday.
The carnival has been growing in popularity every year for probably the last seven, club co-coach Greg Poetschka said, and has this year drawn 1261 entries.
Over 200 swimmers will dive in, representing 21 different clubs, including the North Coast, Sydney, Newcastle, Hunter Valley and around the North West.
The host club will have 42 swimmers taking part.
After a bit of a rest period between Christmas and new year, they have come back training hard in preparation for the carnival.
It will for a lot of the new members be their first carnival, and Poetschka and co-coach Graham Johnstone and are looking forward to seeing how all the Kootingal Moonbi swimmers perform.
Several of the club’s swimmers competed at the Tamworth City carnival last Sunday and “went really well”, Poetschka said.
“We had quite a few pb’s,” he said.
Tijana Coxhead also came third in the girls 12&U dash for cash.
The Dash for Cash events will be one of the features of Sundays carnival and will be run across three age divisions, with all swimmers participating collecting prize money.
The carnival will also be an opportunity for swimmers to obtain times for the Country Championships, which will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on February 24-26.
They’ll also be using the carnival to prepare for Country Regionals later this month and the Speedo Sprints and Area (New England North West) Championships to be held on February 4 and 5.