City ‘ready’ to host swim meet
Tuesday, 11th January, 2011
Hundreds of interstate swimmers will start arriving in the city this week for the Country Energy SA Country Swimming Carnival.
Organising committee member, Paul DeLisio, said the committee was “in full swing” for the three-day event which starts on Thursday.
“They’re coming from all around the place,” he told the BDT. The carnival will begin with a ‘Swimming Super Fish’ for the youngest swimmers on Thursday at 3pm.
The championships proper start on Friday at 7am and finish on Sunday with the finals in the afternoon.
Mr DeLisio praised the three local swimming clubs for their organisation of the event.
“The three clubs wanted to go in and make it a combined effort,” he said. “The cost to the clubs is quite substantial.”
He said information booklets, food stalls and drink stands were all funded by the clubs.
Whilst the competition starts on Thursday, Mr DeLisio expected some swimmers to arrive early to train at the city’s new pool which was proving popular.
“We had a number of clubs come up for the Broken Hill carnival and we had mostly positive feedback about the venue,” he said.
Mr DeLisio said if it had not been for the stage one upgrades to the aquatic centre, the city wouldn’t have got to stage the championships.
He said more than 300 swimmers from SA, NSW and Victoria will make the trek to the city, and that it was estimated that close to $2 million would go into the local economy from the event.
In October, Swimming SA’s General Manager, Craig Hobart, visited the city and described the city’s aquatic centre as one of the best country swimming centres hehad seen.