Race to find best new public and private school swimmers in Claremont

Bill Kirby has organised swimming races between public and private students.  Picture: Marie Nirmie.
Bill Kirby has organised swimming races between public and private students. Picture: Marie Nirmie.

STUDENT swimmers from public and private schools will race against each other in an inaugural competition organised by the Claremont Aquatic Centre-based Westside Christ Church Aquatic Club next month.

“For the first time ever, in the peak school swimming season, kids from all local schools have a chance to race each other, private v public,” club president Bill Kirby said.

Local primary school-aged children from years two to six will compete in 25m and 50m races.

“We wanted our club to host a swim meet, not just for experienced swimmers, but also for novice and younger swimmers, who might just be putting all their swim skills together and learning how to dive and race,” Mr Kirby said

He said the competition would also allow older club swimmers to mentor the young competitors.

A club team of 12 will go to Australian National Championships in April, and funds raised at the competition will assist the club team’s travel.

Claremont Aquatic Centre will be made into a family-fun venue with slip and slides, inflatable rides and dive boards.

Entries are at www.tinyurl.com/y7RSPWCO for the event from 2pm on February 16.