Pi­ra­nhas dive into big time

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Perera

The pri­mary school-aged mem­bers of Pan­na­won­ica Swim Club took part in their first swim­ming de­vel­op­ment meet in many years last week­end in Kar­ratha.

About 24 en­thu­si­as­tic mem­bers of the Pan­na­won­ica Pi­ra­nhas faced off against the Kar­ratha Am­a­teur Swim­ming Club at the Leisure­plex pool for a week­end of rac­ing and squad train­ing to help both sides im­prove their skills.

Swim­ming WA Pil­bara re­gional ad­min­is­tra­tor Anna McCabe said for Pan­na­won­ica swim­mers it was the first swim­ming de­vel­op­ment event they had been a part of in at least five years, and on the big­gest scale ever.

“The Pan­na­won­ica Swim Club has taken it upon them­selves to or­gan­ise a meet at Kar­ratha, and Kar­ratha has been re­ally hos­pitable to al­low the kids,” she said.

“For most of the Pan­na­won­ica chil­dren, it’s their first time swim­ming in a 50m pool and swim­ming in a com­pe­ti­tion. “So they’re crazy ex­cited tonight.” Ms McCabe said the week­end was de­signed to im­prove the young swim­mers’ skills as well as ex­pos­ing them to broader com­pe­ti­tion out­side Pan­na­won­ica.

“It’s also so the chil­dren re­alise what swim­ming is ac­tu­ally about apart from their weekly squad train­ing against each other,” she said.

She thanked Kar­ratha for host­ing the meet.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Pan­na­won­ica Pi­ra­nhas swim­mers ex­cited to be part of the club’s swim­ming de­vel­op­ment week­end in Kar­ratha.

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