Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Swim Club Makes 2018 Splash; Caribeae Rocky Crocs Bring State Comp to Town

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Swim Club Makes 2018 Splash; Caribeae Rocky Crocs Bring State Comp to Town

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Byline: Steph Allen Stephanie.Allen@capnews.com.au

ROCKHAMPTON council has approved a cash sponsorship of $5000 for the Caribeae Rocky Crocs Masters Swim Club.

The application was submitted to council on Tuesday for the pool facility hire expenses of the four-day 2018 Masters State Championships event to be held from March 14-17 next year.

The club has also received support from CQUniversity, Isuzu and Chemist Warehouse for the funding of volunteer shirts and printing costs of programs, officials expenses and catering.

Masters coach David George Milburn said any time there was support from funds like this, it was rewarding.

"Not only for the people involved in the sport but it rewards the businesses and the community at large because of the influx of people that come," Milburn said.

"Last time we had a masters championship (in 2014) we had people from all over Australia, and the beauty of Rockhampton is that we have the ability to fly in and fly out from most capital cities so people aren't forced to travel eight hours in a car to get somewhere."

In the 2018 championships, the club will be recognising multi-class swimmers' results with medal awards for the first time, which will include swimmers with physical, visual, intellectual or auditory impairments and transplant recipients.

The Caribeae club formed as an affiliate with Masters Swimming Club about four years ago, and the number of those involved with the club is now at 12 to 16, with the club hoping to expand.

Due to the small size of the club, the Crocs also joined up with the Mackay Sinkers for mutual support.

Milburn trains swimmers who wish to learn the basic swimming skills and helps those "who can't swim too far and normally have breathing problems or they get tired very quickly".

He works with those swimmers in areas like stroke correction and also focuses on training on a more elite level for those wishing to compete in Masters events, triathlons or other open water events. …

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