With the sun shining and water refreshing, swimmers from all over the North Coast converged on Crescent Head swimming pool for the latest run of carnivals across the region.
Saturday was the 13th annual qualifying carnival for the Crescent Head Pointers Swimming Club with competitors from Coffs Harbour, Laurieton, Wauchope, Forster, Taree, Gloucester, Nabiac, Kingscliff, Murwillumbah, Port Macquarie, Macksville, Sawtell, Grafton, Casino, Kempsey and Crescent Head.
To the delight of organisers, Crescent Head saw 19 representatives swim for their club with 100 participants overall.
For the locals, it was a sensational day in the pool with all Pointers members recording personal bests. Coach Mason Marchment was extremely proud of his squad in their first hit out of the season.
Place getters from the club were:
UNDER 6 BOYS
UNDER 8 GIRLS
BOYS 15 Over
"It was just amazing, I reckon it was just one of the best carnivals we've ever run," Pointers Swimming club's Kay Marchment said.
"COVID has changed a few systems around swimming carnivals - the marshalling system is different and it just worked like a dream.
"The kids are happy because they're not stuck in big lineups for ages."
The carnival was a team effort with several volunteers helping out with the day.
"A very special thanks to Lyn Connell and Ann Pilkie from North Coast Swimming who helped with all the details that go into running a carnival," Kay added.
"A huge thank you to our members Peter Mavin and Steve Pellen who stepped up and took positions poolside as chief marshall and check starter.
"Also to our ribbon organiser, Shae-ala Marchment, who tirelessly wrote names and events on every child's ribbon to be handed out at the end of the day to club representatives.
"This helped in keeping areas free of crowds and inline with COVID safe rules.
"Thanks also to those who helped with providing food and ensuring that all the timekeepers and officials were looked after all day."
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