LISTEN: Bell rings true about growth of Bullets swim club
SWIMMING: Just days away from a major competition a head coach explains how Boyne-Tannum Bullets Swimming Club has grown.
Kate Bell took over as coach in late 2016 and said the contingent who are off to Liquid Energy Long-course Championships on Saturday is the most the club has had - 52.
"We're starting to hit 50 swimmers at our local meets which we are super excited about and this is our biggest-ever participation from our club for a meet and we're really proud of that," Bell said.
Saturday's event will be used as a foundation for the 2018 McDonald's Queensland Championship from December 15-21 in Brisbane.
"It's just sort of a stepping stone to see how we're tracking," she said of the upcoming meet.
Bell said streamlining of squad structures in terms of the club's Learn To Swim Program and squad program, along with development of coaches, have been major influences in attracting more members to the Bullets.
"I think that the result of that is the numbers that we're starting to see take part in our sport and starting to show love in our sport," she said.
Bell said when she started coaching in late 2016, that the target was to get 85 swimmers.
"I think at the end of that season we finished with about 120 and then it's just continued to from season to season," Bell said.
"Our numbers are at our all-time best so far and we still have people waiting and we're growing.
"We seem to be creating an avalanche of interest and seem to have lots of happy families and happy members that are starting to find a place to swim at our club."