Swimmers splash out
HUNDREDS of swimmers will make a splash in the Oasis Pool at Club Banora this weekend, when Twin Towns Swimming Club hosts the 11th Annual Mini-Maxi Swimming Carnival.
The biggest invitational event on the Far North Coast, this year’s meet has attracted 300 swimmers from as far south as Yamba all the way through to Brisbane, with many searching for elusive state and national qualifying times.
“It’s always a well-attended event, because we make it about the swimmers,” Twin Towns’ Helen Green said.
“We get some of the best up and coming swimmers looking to break the next level.
“The event has a great reputation for being relaxed and very accommodating, and people enjoy the venue and the chance to catch up.
“For many of the younger swimmers it’s their first major long course meet of the year.”
Yet the carnival is not just about individual efforts – there is the all-important State of Origin title also on the line.
NSW are the reigning champions and the 75-strong local contingent, led by Kingscliff’s national product Andrew Abood, won’t want to see the bragging rights head north.
However the Queenslanders, spearheaded by Yeronga Park’s Papua New Guinean Olympian, Ryan Pinni, will be looking to spoil the party.
As well as the Origin title for the highest point scoring state across the weekend, the Mini-Maxi swimming carnival boasts several unique races.
There are the special ‘Vorgee for Water Dash for Cash’ skins formula sprints with $680 in prize money up for grabs, a DVD Dash for a portable DVD player, and the Twin Towns Masters under-7s 50m butterfly.
The third annual David Smith Memorial 400m men’s freestyle race – named in honour of the TTSC member who tragically died in the lead-up to 2007’s carnival – will also be contested.