Allora swimmers dive into history with ‘formidable’ side
SWIMMING: Almost two seasons ago, the Allora Swimming Club were faced with a tough reality – to fold or to fight.
With only six active families the reality of hosting swimming carnival was well beyond the club’s ability.
Now two months into the 2019/2020 the club has more than 40 active swimmers who will dive into the pool this Sunday at their 50th Rotary Carnival.
“I think we’re nearing on 123 competitors who are coming from across the Darling Downs region to compete,” club secretary Donna-Maree Willett said.
“There has been so much support from other small clubs around the region, and it’s so amazing to hear of those that were in a similar situation to us that are now able to come.
“We have so much support from the local community, and we have more and more kids joining every day.”
With junior numbers consistently growing, the club has turned its attention to rebuilding the competition for senior swimmers.
“The hardest thing has been trying to retain our high school swimmers, there is just a drop-off in swimmers who are older than 13,” she said.
“We have started to get that quota back up again, and I think we’re starting to look like a formidable side.”
Having been involved with the club for 30 years herself, Willett knows the importance of community involvement.
“This carnival is a reflection of the help that parents and volunteers have put in throughout the year,” she said.
“We have such camaraderie and the atmosphere at the pool is always amazing – the kids all really want to be there.
“It’s about maintaining momentum at the moment; at our event last Friday night all the swimmers swam PB’s and to do that again would be amazing.”