Karratha swim team brings back bling from carnival

Pilbara News
Karratha's swimmers have returned from country pennants.
Camera IconKarratha's swimmers have returned from country pennants. Credit: Picture: Alison Ure, Alison Ure.

Karratha Amateur Swimming Club took to the water to compete in the SunSmart Country Pennants Swimming Championships in Mandurah over the Labour Day long weekend.

The club had 21 swimmers aged eight to 21 participating in the showcase of country swimming.

There were 28 clubs represented and more than 800 swimmers who took part in the two-day event.

Karratha Amateur Swimming Club finished fourth in their division with outstanding individual and relay performances.

Club president Ali Ure said the team was delighted with the results.

“So many of our swimmers found themselves having to swim up in age divisions, which can be quite intimidating, but they stood their ground, did us all proud, either gaining new personal best times and/or bringing home the bling,” she said.

“I’m sure the parents awaiting their return could actually hear them all at the airport before they could see them, all proudly wearing their medals — a grand total of 75 medals, 21 gold medals, 33 silver medals and 21 bronze medals.

“Out of 69 races, we came away with 48 new personal best times, so the swimmers should be very proud of themselves.

“I would personally like to thank all the committee members who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes for this trip and also to the parents and committee members who accompanied us.”

Karratha Amateur Swimming Club will host the 2019 Coun-try Pennants at the Karratha Leisureplex from March 1-3. It is one of the largest events on the Swimming WA calendar, known as the Festival of Swimming, and is expected to attract more than 1500 visitors to the region.

The final swimming meet of the season, the North West Open, will be hosted by Karratha Amateur Swimming Club at the Karratha Lesiureplex from March 23-25.

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