Goulburn Valley District Swimming Association president Rod Jackson has attributed Shepparton’s Victorian Country Swimming Championships coup to a mountain of work behind the scenes.
Speaking at the announcement of next year’s Shepparton championships yesterday, Jackson was over the moon with how quickly the district had turned around after almost folding only a few years ago.
‘‘These championships are a timely affirmation of all the hard work and progress the district has made in a short time,’’ Jackson said.
‘‘The support from the council and community has been fantastic in allowing us to hold signature events throughout the year and give us a chance to build towards the championships.’’
Swimming Victoria chief executive Jason Hellwig said Shepparton should be excited for the brilliant event.
‘‘When I first took the job as CEO, I was told that this event (the country championships) was the best swim meet of the year,’’ Hellwig said.
‘‘After going to Sale for this year’s championships, I can tell you that it absolutely is.
‘‘The quality of performance, the noise at the venue and the number of people involved is just fantastic.’’
Hellwig was also delighted with the facilities in and around Aquamoves, and was confident in Shepparton’s ability to host the event superbly.
‘‘There were over 2000 swimmers, coaches, supporters and officials in Sale, and I’m sure we’ll get more in Shepparton,’’ Hellwig said.
‘‘Even if they aren’t here, the noise will carry across the lake and around town and create a huge buzz.’’
Hellwig also applauded those who had made Shepparton’s bid for the high quality event possible.
‘‘I would personally like to thank Rod and his team for the work they have done,’’ Hellwig said.
‘‘It (hosting the championships) is a real testament to all the hard work the district and council have put in.’’
The meet, which Jackson believed was a great reward for his team, will be during the Australia Day weekend next year.
‘‘Our district has great clubs, great swimmers and great people,’’ Jackson said.
‘‘This will be a well deserved moment in the sunshine for everyone involved.’’