Alligators of Armidale Swimming Club coach James Harwood, left, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall and members, await times from the new Wylas Swim Timing System, purchased with a $5,000 State Government grant.
Friday, 23 July 2021
THE Alligators Swimming Club of Armidale is taking the quality of its competition to the next level, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a $5,000 State Government grant to purchase a new state-of-the-art Wylas Swim Timing System.
Mr Marshall said the new technology would improve the running of club meets and remove the potential for human error on the stopwatch.
“Even in the depths of a freezing winter, the Alligators of Armidale are still thrashing it out in The Armidale School’s indoor swimming pool, working to keep competition fit ahead of the summer season,” Mr Marshall said.
“Just as our Olympic swimmers will be measured in the pool by world class timing technology over the next month, the Alligators are stepping up their own game by purchasing a FINA recognised Wylas digital system.
“The system includes wireless stopwatches with lanyards and digital recording software. By synchronising all the stopwatches to the same start signal, the system has improved accuracy compared to manual stopwatches.
“The wireless component eliminates the need for manual writing of times on paper after each swim, with times uploaded directly to the computer from the stopwatch.
“With most swim meets relying on parents to man the stopwatches, this system takes away a lot of the pressure off volunteers and makes for a much smoother running of meets.
“It’s great to see the new system is already operational and playing a role in encouraging junior swimmers to chase their personal best every time they take to the pool.”
The NSW Local Sport Grants Program awards sporting organisations up to $20,000 for projects which focus on development and participation, access and facility development.