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The Mullum Swim Club hopes to be able to eventually use the pool all year. Photo supplied

As the year heads toward the end of the swimming pool season, Mullumbimby Swim Club will be holding a swimming carnival on Saturday.

The organisers are looking for support to showcase the club and to highlight their desire for the Petria Thomas Memorial to be upgraded and heated and open all year – something they say is desperately needed for the community.

Club treasurer Steve Miller says that swimming is a great sport that can be enjoyed by all ages. ’It is one of the few true lifelong sports as it is very good for your health as well as having very little stress on the body.

The club welcomes everyone

Miller says people of ages can join the Mullum Swim Club. ‘We have regular race nights where members come together to race, improve their swimming, have fun and enjoy a sausage sizzle afterwards,’ he said. ‘It doesn’t need to be competitive but as members get better and get the taste for racing at swimming carnivals, a certain level of competitiveness kicks in. 

‘The only real requirement is that you enjoy swimming.’

Mr Miller says the club has junior and senior squad five days a week but it is not mandatory to participate in all the activities to be a member of the – it is available for the more competitive members.

‘Mullum Swim Club has the added advantage of having a highly qualified coach in Craig Davidson. Craig who has been involved with such swimmers as Susie O’Neil and Samantha Riley.

Mr Miller says everyone is welcome to come and join in. ‘We are a small and passionate club and we are always pleased to have new members. There is no cost to come along and try it out.’

Generous support from several local businesses

The pool is always welcoming help from the business community and has received generous support from several local businesses including Byron First National, Old Mill Timber Yard, Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce, Crystal Castle, Meadows Medical Centre, Mullum Hire, Mullum Rural CoOp, Mullum Ex-Services Club, Linen House, James Mitre 10, Santos Organics, Miller Finance and Stewarts Menswear.

‘We are getting more community support in relation to the proposed pool upgrade and heating,’ he said. ‘Council recently passed a motion for a feasibility study into an upgrade. We have been overwhelmed by the support and love for the Mullum pool.’

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