Swimming club set for annual carnival

Grinning winners from the Forbes Amateur Swimming Club's 2016/17 championships. For information on the club go to forbes.swimming.org.au or find them on Facebook.
Grinning winners from the Forbes Amateur Swimming Club's 2016/17 championships. For information on the club go to forbes.swimming.org.au or find them on Facebook.

Forbes Amateur Swimming Club is back training for its big annual qualifying carnival on Sunday, November 26.

This is an event that also attracts a lot of swimmers from outside of Forbes. Last year 164 swimmers and 15 clubs were represented.

It is also strongly supported by officials from Swimming New South Wales.

The club has upgraded its computer hardware and software and purchased a semi-automated timing system, reducing the effort of volunteers on time trial night and also eliminates the hiring of equipment for our Carnival. 

The club supports other local community organisations, including local schools, by hiring out their equipment to conduct their swimming events.

The club, which celebrates its 80th birthday in the new year, also has a new clubhouse at the pool designed to provide a secure weather proof place for storage of valuable equipment and it is also an administrative area.

It caters for fundraising activities, has a stainless food preparation area and motorised roller doors for security.

Much of the funding for the clubhouse was received from Forbes Shire Council, the Minister for Primary Industries Land and Water the Hon Niall Blair MLC - Public Reserves Management Fund Program, the NSW Government - Community Building Partnership program and the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development – Stronger Communities Program.

Club nights are Thursday evening starting at 6pm but squads for upcoming events will also be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 4.30pm-6pm and on Saturdays 8am and 10am.

Those keen to get an early morning start can do so between 6am and 7am on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Squad training is $80 per swimmer for the season.

Membership fees are $75 for those eight years and older, for non-swimming members the fee is $28. Swimmers aged 5-7 years can join for free and become an Optus Junior Dolphin. Optus Junior Dolphins members have the same benefits as all other swimming members. They can participate in all levels of swimming, from very basic Learn to Swim all the way up to national-level competition. This means Optus Junior Dolphins can be part of our club nights and external club competition. Whilst it is a non-competitive program, they are still entitled to compete, we just hope you think outside the square and make it fun! Optus Junior Dolphins members aged 5-7 years will receive a participant pack from Swimming Australia in the first year they register. 

The Club also had a number of members receive Junior Excellence awards for the 2016/17 season.  Congratulations to all. The Australian Junior Excellence Program (JX), recognises rewards and encourages junior swimmers who, through their development of aquatic skills and fitness, achieve a high standard of swimming excellence. Under the revised program, swimmers aged from 9 to 16 years, who accomplish times set by Swimming Australia, qualify at Gold, Silver, Bronze or Green standard, depending on their best performance/s during the season.

Membership fees cover insurance at all swimming meetings, not only local but away from Forbes.  Forbes Amateur Swimming Club Inc. is a competitive and social club, which caters for swimmers of all ages and abilities.

The Club has a Bronze level coach and four new junior coaches who have many years of swimming experience. The club colours are navy blue and white.

Anyone wishing to join the club can contact Narelle Shaw on 0427 575 132 or Kay Playforth on 0447 336 877. Enquiries by e mail can be directed to: swimforbes@westserv.net.au.