Sunday, April 21, 2024



Swimming to victory with the nation’s best

Clayton Wilkinson and Harry Kilburn will be swimming for victory this week in the 2024 Australian Age Swimming Championships at the Gold Coast. The boys train seven times a week with coach Shannon Comerford as part of the Casino Swimming Club.

Sponsorship boosts school swim carnivals, water safety programs

Pam Dillon. Neil Scriven from Scriven Exploration Pty Ltd is again sponsoring Barkly Region Sport Education swimming and water safety program. Neil’s company, Scriven Exploration Pty Ltd, which explores for minerals north of Tennant Creek, recognises the importance of water safety in remote communities.

Lifeguards look after nippers

Lifeguards at the Corryong swimming pool have banded together to take part in Super Swim to raise funds for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. The team of Tony Irwin, Jorja McInness, Mia Saxon, Angus Pilli and Andrew Kendall has already exceeded its target of $3000 after covering nine kilometres to date - with the month of February to go...

Locals shine in Yamba ocean swim

After two years of rough conditions that forced the Yamba Ocean Swim to be held at Whiting Beach, smaller surf this year saw the event return to its spiritual home of Main Beach with almost a record number of entries.

A big step for the pool

At last, the steps at the Maldon swimming pool have been installed! If you have reduced or limited mobility, you now have the opportunity to enter and exit the pool safely.

Epenarra champions of Barkly inter-school swimming carnival

Pam Dillon. The biggest inter-school swimming carnival was held in the Barkly last week and was a huge success, with Epenarra emerging as the champions. The event not only showcased students’ swimming abilities but also highlighted the camaraderie and sportsmanship among the schools.

Allora’s annual Rotary Open Swim Carnival a huge success

A record number of 240 swimmers participated with 61 from the Allora Swim Club with this being the first swimming carnival for some of the younger swimmers ... Of the nearly 200 races held on the day there were many records broken and personal bests achieved.

Nippers back on beaches

Clarence Valley beaches now feature a splash of pink after the Far North Coast Surf Lifesaving Nippers season began and children don their pink rash shirts. Nippers at Yamba is open to children between the ages of six and fourteen, and the surf skills program teaches lifesaving techniques, surf safety, CPR, and rescue experience, while completing fun activities in the surf.

Swim champion Maeve Moore makes a splash

Berat local and Allora Swim Club member, Maeve Moore, recently competed at the School Sport Australia National Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre as part of the Queensland Swim Team. Maeve made the finals in the 50 breastroke and swam a personal best time of 38.88 to finish fourth place in the country.

National champion Bailey Harm

Allora swimmer Bailey Harm has returned from the School Sport Australia National Championships in Sydney with a 2023 SSA National Champion title in the 50m Freestyle sprint. Bailey competed in seven events at the Championships, bringing home six national medals.

Taylor McKeown visits Allora P-10

On Monday Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Taylor McKeown told her story to students at Allora P-10 State School. No holds barred Taylor relived the good and bad memories of her determined effort to swim at the Olympics.

New course, sponsors make for a great swim

Ocean Beach offered near-perfect conditions for this year’s Southern Ocean Classic Mile with 125 swimmers taking to the water on Easter Sunday. Line honours went to Perth swimmer Max Coten who completed the course in just over 19 minutes.

Allora Swimming Club Championships

The annual Club championship provided an action-packed day with 25 records broken and 5 new records created. Bailey Harm had an exceptional day breaking the record in all 10 events in which he competed ... It was an action-packed day in the pool enjoyed immensely by both swimmers and spectators.

Thank you to our local lifeguards

Lee Mead. Lap swimmers, aerobic mermaids and happy families alike are all extremely grateful to two local legends, Sally and Kerryn, who answered the call out to train as lifeguards. Both undertook a lifeguard training course last year to help overcome the shortage of staff suffered by all swimming pools last season, and which resulted in our Maldon pool having to close some days each week.

Allora could have another games champion

Claire from Allora P-10 State School has set three new swim records in the Pool. At the School’s recent Annual Interhouse Swimming Carnival Claire won the Open 50m Freestyle, Open 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly.

Ironwoman Kalani moves to train under Olympian

The Clarence Valley’s next potential Ironwoman, Kalani Ives, has made the move to train under an Olympian after being crowned the National Junior Ladies champion in the Australian Ocean Racing Series. Kalani, who started Nippers when she was seven, competed in water and beach disciplines as a member of Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club for 10 years, until she claimed the NSW under 17 ironwoman title in 2021.

Warning about swimming in Moore River in Guilderton

The Shire of Gingin and the Department of Health are warning people to avoid swimming and other full-body water immersion activities in Moore River at Guilderton after recent sampling results detected amoeba and high bacteria levels at several sampling locations.

Geoffswimming 30 years

If you’re aged between 3 and 60 and grew up in the district, chances are you were taught to swim by Geoff Dale. Geoff has celebrated 30 years of his Geoffswim program, which has seen him teach swimming and water safety to the youth of Cohuna since 1992. But his swimming teaching goes back much further – to 1967.

Eyes in sky saving lives at Yamba

Rodney Stevens. They’re the eyes in the sky saving lives – drones – and Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club is fortunate to have some of the latest technology and highly skilled pilots controlling these amazing aircraft. Chances are, if you went to Yamba’s Main Beach or the Yamba Ocean Swim over the holidays, you would have seen a drone, monitoring swimmers’ safety and alerting lifesavers to any problems.

Record entrants – Yamba Ocean Swim splashes into 2023

Rodney Stevens. The Yamba Ocean Swim kicked off 2023 with a splash as a record number of entrants hit the water across all age groups, cheered on by a crowd of hundreds on a stunning summer’s day ... “We had 397 entrants this year which is well up on our previous best of 354 in 2013,” said Yamba Surf Club Surf Sports Director and Race Organiser Jim Dougherty.

Summer is here

Maldon's Public Pool opened last Saturday, attracting a good number of people for a much-anticipated cool-off. Squeals and shrieks broke the silence as the pool officially entered its summer season and swimmers said goodbye to the cold weather.

Rackley Memorial Swim

The Allora Swimming Club annual David Rackley Memorial Swim was held under a stunning sunset sky on Friday 25th November. Pictured with Patron Marg Rackley is the 2022 Winner Maggie Philp.

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