Tadpoles Brendan Hoffman, nine, Caitlin Skaines, eg, and Jonathan Skaines, 12, said chocolate and making friends were big ticks in their book for 100 years of Warwick Swimming Club.
Tadpoles Brendan Hoffman, nine, Caitlin Skaines, eg, and Jonathan Skaines, 12, said chocolate and making friends were big ticks in their book for 100 years of Warwick Swimming Club.

Time hasn't diminished mateship

SWIMMING costumes have gone from Victorian neck-to-knee to the all-encompassing body suits, and in the past 100 years Warwick Swimming Club has seen them all.

During the century of chasing the enigma that is the white-line, one thing has stayed true with the club: Mateship.

Warwick Swimming Club president Wendy Hoffman said the members race against their times clocked up during the previous meet. “At the moment we have 56 members and it's all about having fun,” Hoffman said.

“The club was formed 100 years ago and was originally called Warwick Swimming and Lifesaving Club. They held the 300-yard races in the Condamine River downstream from Guy Street.

“The first off-river pool was near Hamilton Oval in 1921; following that a pool was constructed at the current site of Warwick Indoor Recreation Centre in 1957, then lastly the indoor pool at WIRAC was built in 1998.”

Children of all ages and capabilities are welcome to join; the only requirement is they can swim 25 metres.

“We like to begin the evening with some fun games and then the children race against their own times in heats and each week the program is different,” Hoffman said.

“There's a wide range of swimmers, ranging from beginners to children aspiring to be another Tegan Warrener or Max Ackermann who both used to be part of the swimming club.”

Century swim

Come and Try nights: 5.30pm September 10 and 17

Season starts October 8, clubs nights every Friday from 5.30pm

Contact Hoffman on 0428 852 426 for more information.


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