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New faces to make splash

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July 20, 2017

Shepparton Swimming Club kicks of its new season this weekend, hosting the Shepparton Short Course event.

The new Shepparton Swimming Club season will start in earnest this weekend.

After a small contingent of club members swam in Wangaratta last weekend at the first official meet, Aquamoves will host a Shepparton Short Course event on Sunday.

The meet will follow a welcome night tomorrow, with a number of fresh faces set to represent the club for the first time.

‘‘The club has welcomed an influx of over a dozen keen new junior swimmers into its ranks through its relationship with the Aquamoves Learn to Swim Program, helping to offset the annual loss of some of our more senior swimmers to work and schooling opportunities,’’ coach Michelle Swift said.

‘‘We look forward to developing these swimmers into our potential state and national swimmers of the future and are enjoying seeing the enthusiasm and cheerfulness they bring into the club dynamics.

‘‘We have our club presentation night this Friday where swimmers will have the rare opportunity to dress up and socialise, and our new and current members will receive their caps and the redesigned club uniform.’’

Four new club captains will also be named, with the young leaders sure to hit the ground running with a busy few months coming up.

‘‘We have a busy few months ahead for the short course season and coaches and committee are working hard to ensure that everyone has the best possible start to the season,’’ Swift said.

Sunday’s event will give swimmers a great opportunity to achieve qualifying times for August’s Victorian Country Short Course Championships, as well as allow coaches to identify areas of improvement in each club member to work on at training.

Action at Aquamoves will begin from 11am and is sure to be fast and fierce, with 86 races scheduled across the day and medallions awarded to placegetters in all non-time trial events.

Tolerance races, designed for swimmers new to the sport, will also be conducted to ease younger participants into competition racing, with participation ribbons to be handed out for those aged 10 and under.

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