A cool, wet start to the swimming season in November has not deterred members of the York Swimming Club.

An average of 45 - 50 swimmers has turned up at each training session and club nights. 

The season started with a group travelling to Albany before we had even got in the water in York!    They gained valuable experience in training sessions with national coach, Simon Redmond. These extra skills helped the young swimmers kick start their season and allowed them to meet swimmers from the Great Southern swim region. 

Our first competition for the season was the Narrogin Open just before Christmas.  The club was represented by swimmers aged from seven to 25 years. For some this was their introduction to competitive swimming outside school carnivals. 

Swimmers from York competed against others from all over the state including Perth.  Some fantastic personal best times were achieved by the younger swimmers in particular.  A group of very proud swimmers, parents and coach returned to York hot and tired but ready for the nextchallenge. 

York Club is looking forward to hosting the Great Southern swim region championships early in February followed by the annual York distance meet in March.  These two events really see the pool sizzle and give our swimmers the opportunity to compete without having to travel.

ABOVE RIGHT : Proud mum, Wendy Joyce, withswimmers Lachlan and Rielly at the Narrogin Open.

 Talking of travel, a team will be heading to Carnarvon for the long weekend at the end of February. In an effort to help keep costs down, fundraising is up and running - the bigger the team, the better. We just hope that the cyclone season doesn't put a spanner in the works!

Tricia Byfield

ABOVE: At the Albany development camp (Rear L-R) Shelly Turner, BriannaHumphrey, Kyle Lister, coach Tricia Byfield, Raymond Tidman and Sue Lister. (Front L-R) Harley McCagh, Kieren Turner, Anneliese Turner, Amy Lister, Samantha Aurisch-Pike and Jacinta Turner