New swimming club making its mark
SWIMMING: The newest club in the Gladstone swimming fraternity has made its mark.
Almost two weeks from Gladstone South Swimming Club's opening day, president Ryan Chinner is chuffed.
"It has been non-stop since the open day and it has had about 100 people through the doors,” Chinner said of the constant enquiries.
It's been very positive and since the open day, we have signed about 110 members and there's 60-odd swimmers in that, which doesn't include those who are in Learn to Swim.”
Chinner said to have Adam Eiseman on board as the head coach was a coup.
"The big part is the coach, Adam, which is the very reason this club exists,” he said.
"Adam was to be lost to the region and we also didn't want to see kids lost to the sport.”
Chinner added that Eiseman had sole focus on youngsters' development in the pool.
"He's just there to purely focus on the kids and there are kids that he has coached previously who have returned and joined the club,” Chinner said.
"He knows every single kid.”
Chinner said money from the State Government's Gambling Community Benefit Fund will go a a long way towards the club being able to host a major event.
"The plan was to get everything up and running as smoothly as possible this season,” he said.
"We are hoping and planning to have an event to happen next season and usually most clubs hold the one big event.”
Chinner said events were registered through Central Queensland Swimming and to make sure these don't clash with others.
"It would be great to have other clubs from Rockhampton and Bundaberg to compete and that would attract a lot of people into Gladstone and our club,” Chinner said.
He added it had been a "massive journey” and the club had received great support from local businesses.