Club laps for much needed funds
WHEN Gladstone South Amateur Swimming Club needed expensive new equipment, its young swimmers were happy to raise funds the hard way.
About 25 club members lined up last Friday to participate in a fundraising lap-a-thon with proceeds raised to be spent on backstroke flags, lane ropes and a winder for the ropes ? all of which will cost the small club thousands of dollars.
Hayden Holley, 9, was the surprise packet on the day, completing 210 laps of the 25-metre pool, effectively swimming 5.25km in an hour and a half.
Miranda Beyers, 13, recorded the second highest number of laps with 200 while Cheanna Hiley, 12, racked up 150.
Club coach Claire Bond said the club had made progress in the three years she had been with the club, but was now in desperate need for new equipment.
Some of the club's existing lane ropes have deteriorated and old pieces of bunting are being used as flags.
However, in that three years, the club has lifted its number of swimmers from 12 to 62 and Bond predicts some bright years ahead for Souths.
Bond said the funds raised from last Friday had not been counted yet because donations are still being accepted until this Friday.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can visit the Gladstone South pool on Ann Street after 4.30pm from Monday to Friday.