Front Row L to R: Warne McShane, Kyara McIntyre, Cooper Ward, Zoe McAllister, Porter Arandale, Mahli McShane, Payten Ward. Back Row L to R: Adam McAllister, Beth Arandale, Chelsea McIntyre, Emma, McIntyre, Cadence McShane, Adam Marshall MP, Ryan McAllister, Glen Innes Redfins President Troy Arundale, Vanessa McIntyre, Tracey McShane.
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
SPECTATORS and members of the Glen Innes Redfins Swimming Club will be protected from the weather during carnivals and events with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a $64,187 State Government grant to install a new shade sail at the town’s pool.
Mr Marshall attended a recent swimming club training session to announce the funding with President Troy Arandale.
“Outside of Armidale, Glen Innes Swimming Club is one of the largest swim teams in this region with up to 100 participants putting on their goggles and diving in each week,” Mr Marshall said.
“With such a large number of competitors every week lining up to swim there’s also a large number of volunteers who need a place to stand, marshal competitors and time-keep out of the sun.
“This grant will allow a second large shade sail, similar to the one on the northern end of the pool, to be installed at the southern end of the facility providing added shade for supporters.
“The club has done a really good job ensuring the majority of the shade sail’s materials have been sourced locally, with the instillation also to be done by local contractors which will support the economy.”
Glen Innes Redfins President Troy Arandale said every improvement made to the pool grounds helped to support the successful swimming program.
“While we are one of the biggest clubs in the region we are also one of the most successful with 21 of our competitors through to their respective State competitions this year,” Mr Arandale said.
“As a club we have been working with various swimming bodies to secure the hosting rights of some of our regional qualifying events. With the new sails providing added sun protection for spectators I am confident Glen Innes is in the box seat to cater for future, large-scale swimming carnivals.
“Work on the installation of the sails will start once the pool season goes into shutdown early April and it will be complete and ready for the start of the new season in September.”