• Big chance for locals to shine

    RARING TO GO: Wangaratta Swimming Club assistant coach Jack Synnot (left), head coach Mark Synnot (right) and young swimmers (from left) Simone Keally, Elli Warren, Annabelle West, Bridgette Cole, Cameron Thomson, Lara McDonald, Aiden Thomson, Shayla Leavett-Brown, Lucy Lee, Henry Lee, Zack Watson and Gabe Watson are looking forward to this weekend’s championships.

    THE Victorian Short Course Swimming Championships hit Wangaratta this weekend, and with the event comes the opportunity for local swimmers to grab their chance to shine on the big stage.

    It is the fourth time in six years that Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre has hosted the event, and Wangaratta Swimming Club (WSC) head coach Mark Synnot said it was creating plenty of excitement.

    “It’s something we as a club have done pretty well in over the last few years, so we’re definitely looking forward to it,” Mark said.

    “It’s a huge event, with around 500 competitors, plus all their coaches and family members, so it brings a lot of people into town.

    “It’s certainly an advantage for our swimmers to compete here.

    “They are comfortable with the environment, they know where everything is, and they get to go home, sleep in their own beds and eat the regular food their parents serve up for them.”

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