KEEP SWIMMING: Warwick Swimming Club 2017-2018 captains Caitlin Skaines and William Gilmore.
KEEP SWIMMING: Warwick Swimming Club 2017-2018 captains Caitlin Skaines and William Gilmore. Contributed

McNamara Sprints returns to Warwick swim calendar

SWIMMING: Nominations will close tomorrow for the McNamara Sprints on October 21 at WIRAC.

Warwick Swimming Club started Friday night swimming with two come-and-try nights.

After a break for the holidays, the club will return with a club night at 6pm.

New members are welcome to come along and can talk to officials on the night and compete in some events.

The club caters for swimmers seven years and under and 16 years and over.

Each Friday night, swimmers will compete in all four strokes and have the chance to swim in a long-distance event.

Carnival secretary Sue Skaines said swimming could be part of Friday club nights without the need to swim all strokes.

"We start all swimmers in 25-metre races,” Skaines said.

"The aim of club nights is for each child to better their own times.”

Last weekend, four Warwick swimmers went to a carnival in Toowoomba.

The McNamara Sprints is traditionally one of the biggest carnivals on the Darling Downs and often attracts swimmers from Brisbane.

The sprints carnival will go from 8am on Sunday week to early afternoon.

Up to 10 swimmers will be in individual races.

The skins event will be at lunchtime with prizemoney for the top three in girls and boys swimming.

"The skins is a knockout event with the final three battling out for placings,” Skaines said.

"It is the battle of the fittest in skins.”

The McNamara Sprints are named after former Warwick dentist, the late John McNamara.

He was heavily involved with Warwick Swimming Club, and was a manager of Australian teams, including for the Commonwealth Games.

News on all clubs welcome by 10am Monday for All Sorts of Sports in the Daily News on Wednesday and Thursday.



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