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A swim club's pride pays off

SPLASHDOWN: They're off and racing for the inaugural Eumundi Swimming Carnival.
SPLASHDOWN: They're off and racing for the inaugural Eumundi Swimming Carnival. Contributed

ACHIEVEMENTS and success can be measured in many ways and the inaugural Eumundi Swimming Carnival was every bit a winner.

This was the culmination of much hard work by a number of volunteers, not just over the last 12 months, but going back many years to when a community minded group got together to campaign and raise funds for a pool.

Since the opening of the pool in 2008, many more people have been involved in the setting up and running of a swim club, which though still relatively small in numbers is big on achievements.

Eumundi "punches well above its weight” and currently boasts two national age swimmers and a dozen at state level with a number of younger swimmers on the way through - a testament to the quality of the coaching. Last Sunday week, 35 swimmers represented Eumundi as the club hosted 31 clubs from Bundaberg to Brisbane. More than 300 swimmers participated on the day and our beautiful facility was buzzing.

It was a long day for all the volunteers and the success of it was due to the commitment, effort and teamwork of all involved. Federal MP Ted O'Brien opened the meet and asked for a round of applause for all those volunteers - as this is the only payment ever sought, a simple thank you. Parents with sporting children are always busy.

Sometimes we forget that we are also modelling how to work together for a common goal. You could see the pride in the faces of young girls, Emma, Isabella and Indi when they had helped raise $200 for the Katie Rose Hospice fund by selling numbers on the 100 board.

Thanks to all who contributed and congratulations to all our swimmers.

- Alasdair Scott


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