Swimmers cause a stir at Coffs Harbor War Memorial pool – News Of The Area

Hunter Bellamy and Jack Lesson in lanes one and two representing Coffs Harbor Swimming Club in the men’s 400m freestyle.

Last Saturday, COFFS Harbor Swimming Club caused a stir at the Coffs Harbor War Memorial Pool as 305 swimmers across New South Wales raced and broke records.

The Coffs Harbor Swimming Club has broken many records, as club chairman Daniel Bannerman told News Of The Area.

“Members of Coffs Harbor Swimming Club used racing in their home pool over the weekend to break 19 club records at the summer meet.

“In total there were 305 competitors from the Queensland border to Sydney.

“It was a great atmosphere with many swimmers racing for the first time in 2022 and a great opportunity to race ahead of the start of major competitions this week in Sydney for senior status,” Daniel said.

The summer splash had an added element of excitement, with Woolgoolga’s Tokyo Paralympic Games silver medalist Maddie McTernan competing in four races.

Maddie began her swimming career in 2013 at the age of thirteen under the tutelage of Coffs Harbor Swimming Club coach Eugene Brogmus.

Maddie gave her former trainer Eugene a gift of gratitude before the race started.

The Coffs Harbor Swimming Club marched with their banner of support which they used to cheer on Maddie at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo where she won a silver medal for Australia.

Councilor George Cecato presented Maddie with a Swim Club Recognition and Appreciation Award.

Once the race started, former coach Eugene and Maddie gathered by the pool, cheering the swimmers on and cheering them on.

By David Wigley

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