Karratha Swimming Club prepares for Country Pennants
Karratha’s best swimmers are gearing up to host the Swimming WA Country Pennants next month for just the second time in the local club’s history.
About 500 swimmers from Hedland to Esperance will make the trip to the Karratha Leisureplex on the first weekend in March to compete in the teams-based event over two days.
Karratha is expected to do well with about 45 athletes aged from nine to 22 in the competition.
Country Pennants, which rotates to different regional WA locations each year, was last held in Karratha in 1989.
Karratha Amateur Swimming Club acting president Sharron Henderson said the competition was one of the biggest on the country WA swimming calendar.
“It’s probably the most major thing that’s happened to the Karratha Swimming Club in the last 30 years,” she said.
“Compared to (last time), this time it’s probably even bigger, as the number of clubs that are available to come and the number of participants in each club would have grown.”
“It feels quite daunting, but also exciting. We’re proud to be having it here.”
Henderson said the club was in the final stages of preparation for the event.
Club Country Pennants co-ordinator and senior coach Rebecca Stokes said Karratha’s swimmers had been training hard for the competition.
“Leading up to the pennants, they’ve all improved their PBs, especially in Tom Price and Perth over the school holidays,” she said.
“They’re super-prepared and they’re working so hard to get there, I think they’re going to do really well.”
She said hosting the contestmeant Karratha had been able to enter more than double the number of swimmers that attended last year’s event in Mandurah.
The Country Pennants will be held at the Leisureplex pool from March 2-3.
Residents are encouraged to go along and cheer on the Karratha competitors.
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