Kununurra swimmers might have been left high and dry by the temporary closure of the local pool but one club is going to great lengths, about 100kms, to get back in the water.
Members of Kununurra Crocs Swim Club are travelling to Wyndham on Saturdays to use the town’s pool, with the Kununurra facility having been closed indefinitely due to structural damage in June.
The closure of the Kununurra Leisure Centre pool left the club’s 70 members, including about 50 children, unable to continue their meetings and training programs.
President Ian Radford said the club had been in the throes of a successful year.
“We were having fortnightly time trials where each swimmer would try to beat their swimming times for each stroke,” he said.
“This was very popular, with the swimmers showing huge improvements in their times.
“Just before the closure of the pool, we had our first presentation (to swimmers for) achieving 10 personal bests.”
The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley last month announced repairs to the 25m pool would be completed before December.
In the meantime, Kununurra Crocs will bus members out to Wyndham until the end of the school year on December 18.
Radford said increased costs were having a financial impact on the club.
The club has applied for a grant to cover the expense of travelling to Wyndham, but so far the group has used money it saved for a swim meeting.
However, the president said the club was embracing the opportunity to extend its reach to Wyndham, where he said residents had experienced difficulties trying to launch their own club.
“The benefit of the Crocs Swim Club travelling to Wyndham every Saturday, and with the expertise of (coach) Peter Clark, is that now we may be able to encourage some Wyndham residents to join in,” Radford said.
The Saturday bus leaves at 1.30pm.
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