Warwick swimmers will carry the weight of the town
SWIMMING: The Warwick Swimming Club will this weekend host clubs from around the region at the 33rd annual R.J. McNamara Memorial event.
This years carnival will see 120 swimmers compete in the short course competition, across 50 metre, 100 metre and 200 metre races.
Committee member, Shane Reid said that while the majority of competitors will come from Warwick, nominated racers have come from all across the region.
“We obviously have swimmers from our club but there are swimmers coming from all over the Southern Downs and even some swimmers from Brisbane,” Reid said.
“It’s the leading carnival for the year that we have in Warwick, and we always get a good turn-out of swimmers.
“They’ll be swimming for a range of trophies, but they’ll also be competing against their own times and records.”
Despite there being a number of carnivals for swimmers to attend, Reid maintains that there is nothing better for swimmers than competing at home.
“There’s a number of other carnivals around the regions that the swimmers travel to — a lot go to Toowoomba, Texas, Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi, and places throughout the Downs region,” he said.
“The local races would have plenty of family and friends in attendance, which is usually always a good motivator, but it’s also good to swim against competitors from around the region and get the win on their home turf”
While it is a club meet, Reid encourages spectators to come down and support the club, particularly those with an interst in getting involved.
“It should be a good mix of juniors and seniors racing, but we also want to encourage anyone who is interested in joining to come along and have a look at what we’re about,” he said.
“Our season has only just started, with our first club night last Friday, and we had a good turn-out for that.”