Swimmers in limbo as the wait goes on

Coach Kerry Hodson with Carine Masters Swimmers David Davies and Jane and David Laws. Picture: Emma Reeves d415019
Coach Kerry Hodson with Carine Masters Swimmers David Davies and Jane and David Laws. Picture: Emma Reeves d415019

The Carine Masters Swimming Club was forced to move north to the Craigie Leisure Centre when the Carine Indoor Pool was demolished in 2006.

Head Coach Kerry Hodson said members of the 36-year-old club felt as though they could not identify with the area they were forced to swim in.

‘We are impatient, because for us, we could identify with the area where we live because now we head up to Craigie pool, it’s not too far away but there are two other masters clubs there as well that are more associated with that area,’ Ms Hodson said.

‘We don’t mind where people live or anything but it’d be great to be based in our own area.’

Ms Hodson said a coastal aquatic centre would not only allow the Carine Masters to grow, but also attract commercial interest from throughout the area as well as promote healthy living.

‘It would make a difference to us, I think it would make a difference to the whole community, I think there are a lot of clubs and a lot of schools and a lot of enterprise if you think about all the water aerobics and school classes and out of school classes that could run from there,’ she said.

Ms Hodson said swimming was a fantastic way of staying fit for all ages, adding there was a social side to the sport.

‘With masters swimming you’ve got so much diversity and different reasons why people want to swim, it might even be because their doctor told them to but most often people chose swimming because first of all they like it,’ she said.

‘Most masters clubs have a social calender as well as the swimming calender, even the swimming is a social occasion.’

Carine Masters hold the Australia Day Swim annually on January 26 at Scarborough Beach.