Posted on Monday 8th April, 2024

Racing returns to Atherton

After a five year hiatus, the Masters Swimming Carnivals made a return to the Atherton Swimming Pool on 23 March 2024! 

Recently, 43 swimmers descended upon Atherton, representing Masters swimming clubs from Victoria, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Cairns, Mossman, and the Tablelands.

A standout feature of the event was the large turnout of former Masters members and newcomers alike, who either swam, volunteered, or simply enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with old friends.

Vice-president and coach of the Atherton Mountaineers Masters Club Kim Christie, expressed immense satisfaction with the event’s attendance and participation.

“Swimmers love a carnival, regardless of whether they are chasing a personal best time, or just wanting to have a swim,” he said.

“Many of us are battling age, injuries and fitness, so we aim to make sure everyone enjoys the afternoon.

“It’s not about being an elite athlete. These events are important for individuals at every level and for our region.”

Mr Christie praised the team effort that had resulted in the carnival occurring after years of setbacks for the club.

“Five years ago, Atherton Mountaineers was one of the largest clubs in Queensland,” he said.

“During Covid, changes in the new pool lease resulted in us losing access to most of our facilities and previous access agreements.”

“Similar things occurred across Far North Queensland, and it became too expensive for a small club to hire the pool for training or carnivals.”

“Even though we were pretty rusty, this carnival has renewed interest in swimming and carnivals for a lot of people. Things are looking good!”

News article with thanks to Kim Christie and The Express.

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