Greater Shepparton to host short course swimming championships

Posted on 23 Feb 2011

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The 2011 Victorian Country Short Course Championships will be held in Shepparton for the second year running.

 “After a hugely successful 2010 event it’s great to have won the right to host it again this year,” Cr Dobson said. “This announcement recognises that the Goulburn Valley and District Swimming Association, who hosted last year’s championships at Aquamoves, as well as Aquamoves’ staff, did a terrific job.”

More than 500 competitors, plus family and friends are expected to take part in the championships during the weekend of August 13 and 14.

“There was a fantastic atmosphere at last year’s championships with more than 1000 people making it along to watch events,” Cr Dobson said.

“This influx of visitors also provides a tremendous boost for the local economy. Council’s Events and Promotions Branch estimates that the flow on effect to the local economy is worth between $400,000 and $500,000, which is just fantastic.”

The event is run by the Goulburn Valley and District Swimming Association in conjunction with Swimming Victoria. Council is a major sponsor of the event and Aquamoves’ staff members play an important role in assisting the event organisers.

Swimming Victoria CEO Warwick Waters said he was delighted the event would again be held in Shepparton.

“We’re pleased to be returning to Shepparton for the second year in a row to showcase our country competitors’ prowess in the pool and to re-acquaint with old friends at one of the highlights on the rural swimming calendar,” Mr Waters said.

“Events such as this would not be successful without the tireless work from the hosts - the Goulburn Valley and District Swimming Association.

“We also pass on our gratitude to the Greater Shepparton City Council, for its support of this year’s event. The local attractions of Greater Shepparton provide fantastic opportunities for our visitors to enjoy their time in Shepparton during the championships.

“We wish the best to all the coaches and athletes with their lead up to the championships and look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s event.”