York Swimming Club has achieved a long held ambition of owning an electronic timing device.

Having won $5,000 in the 'You Like' community awards competition run by the York and Districts Community Bank earlier this year, combined with the Club's own fundraising it was able to buy a Dolphin wireless timing system worth $9,000.

President, Ross Clarke, said the club had until now depended on individuals with stop watches to time races. Times varied considerably depending on a person's reaction time at the start of a race, he said.

The new system meant all individual timing devices were turned on automatically when the starter pressed the button to start a race. Race officials only had to watch for the touch at the end of a race to record the time. The system was much more accurate than timing with a stop watch and meant swimmers' times would be recognized by Swimming WA and give them a state wide ranking, Mr Clarke said.

Use of the device at weekly club nights during the swimming season would allow officials to develop skill at operating the new equipment leading up to the Country Pennants being hosted by the club in York next year. It would also be lent to York District High School for use at school swimming carnivals, he said.

Meanwhile club secretary, Jan Smith, would like to hear from anyone involved in the Country Pennants held in York in 1987. She hopes to collect memorabilia for a display at next year's event. Her email address is forge@westnet.com.au or telephone 9641 2409.

ABOVE: On September 22 a group attended a training course at the York swimming pool, run by the supplier to learn how to operate the timing system. They included (L-R)  Phil Chapman, Jan Smith, Justin Hitchcock (from Austral Pool Solutions), Ross and  Margaret Clarke and Barbara Kelly.