Swimmers line up for the 2016 Camille Cantrel Classic Mercantile Relay.
Swimmers line up for the 2016 Camille Cantrel Classic Mercantile Relay. Dane Lillingstone

Swimmers dive in for Camille Cantrel Classic

SWIMMING: The annual Camille Cantrel Mercantile Relay will return for 2017 on Australia Day.

Held at the Stanthorpe Swimming Pool, the Mercantile Relay is held in honour of the late Camille Cantrel, who was a big part of the Stanthorpe Swimming community and was made a life member after her passing.

"Camille loved her swimming,” Stanthorpe Swimming Pool's Gail Smail said.

"She used to do swimming here... she was a swimming teacher.”

Run by the Stanthorpe Swimming Club, the Mercantile Relay gets people into teams of four, swimming at the same speed as each other as they compete to avoid elimination, Smail said.

"(The teams) the furthest over or under get eliminated,” she said.

"We eliminate them as they go and we end up for three.”

The event starts at noon and Smail says the finishing time depends on how many teams compete.

"Normally about 16 teams participate,” she said.

"It depends on how many we've got for how long it goes for.”

It is $20 per team to participate, with profits being donated to the Cancer Council.

Those who do not have a team can leave their names with the pool to be formed into a team if there are enough people.

Swimmers will be in the running to win the cash prize for first place.

Smail encouraged everyone to get a team together and get involved in the event.

"It's fun to participate in,” she said.

"The teams enjoy it... it's a real team thing.

"Anyone's welcome to do it.”

Activities will continue at the pool throughout the afternoon, with the inflatable course open and free entry after 2pm.

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