Geraldton swim club hosts WA’s top talent for annual Short Course Classic

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More than 160 competitors made a splash at Geraldton Amateur Swimming Club’s annual QUBE Short Course Classic.

The official Swimming WA event is held annually and this year 24 clubs competed at the Aquarena in Geraldton across June 1-2.

It allowed for local swimmers to take on some of the State’s top talent, with their times recorded by officials from Perth.

Competitors travelled to the Mid West, with clubs from Onslow to Albany represented over the weekend.

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Swimmers will be able to post competitive times ahead of the upcoming big meetings over the winter short-course season.

Club treasurer Fiona Naisbitt said it was a big weekend for the club with records broken and the number of competitors growing from last year.

“It’s great to see the kids all participating, it’s really good to see a high level of competition come up from Perth,” she said.

“Club records were broken, several kids will have qualified for States where they go to Perth and compete if they choose.”

The classic is a great opportunity for many local swimmers to have their first taste of competition, with Ms Naisbitt saying the club kids all performed well.

“It’s nice our kids can experience a high level of competition and officiated by the Swimming WA officials without having to travel to Perth,” she said.

“Our kids competed really strongly, the Swimming WA officials commented on the consistency of their technique.”

On top of the official racing, the classic included the handicapped dash for cash event and a MC running the weekend to create a lively atmosphere.

With the hard work that goes into the event, the Geraldton club received raving feedback from the clubs who travelled to compete.

“(Breakers swimming club) commented on how professionally it’s run and what a lovely atmosphere it is,” Ms Naisbitt said.

“Our medals that we present were actually designed locally by one of our ladies within the club, they feature the lighthouse and the waves, things about Geraldton.”

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