Report from the Dolphins Amateur Swimming Club

The 2021/22 swimming season started with the tragic loss of the founding members Tom and Marg Krueger, but the strength and optimism displayed by current members, coaches and families are a true testament to the success of the Dolphins Amateur Swimming Club of Bordertown.

The club boasts a healthy and consistent membership of 95 swimmers from 50 families. Trainings continue to be held Monday evenings at the Tatiara War Memorial Pool under the watchful eye of 5 local coaches. Head coach Fleur Finlayson said it was a credit to the community to have 5 qualified local coaches, all who have had a long association with the Dolphins ASC. Fleur herself started swimming as a 10-year-old at Tom's heated pool at Pine Hill, and like so many locals have fond memories of the trainings and carnivals. Now her own 4 children are members of the same club.

There have already been two Time Trials here in Bordertown this season with a large number of personal best times being recorded. The Dolphins are also a member of the South East Swimming Association and some swimmers have competed meets in Keith against other South East Swimming Clubs. The SA long course swimming calendar has also kicked off, with swimmers competing at Adelaide Aquatic Centre, Strathalbyn, Berri, and Murray Bridge open carnivals so far. Competition at these events has been fierce but local swimmers have held their own, bringing many medals home.

The club has been excited to hear that senior swimmer Hinako Holman has been accepted into the Limestone Coast Regional Sporting Academy. Swimming SA have joined with the Academy in 2021 to provide a tailor-made strength and conditioning and swimming program along with regular lectures and workshops by visiting sports psychologist, nutritionist and experts to its members. Dolphins' swimmer Harry Schwarz has just completed his second year in the Academy and has thoroughly enjoyed the education and opportunities this has provided.

The philosophy of personal growth and achievement continue to be at the core of this club. The focus remains on striving for personal best times and fostering a love for swimming and physical activity. The 2021 Dolphin Captains epitomise this philosophy. Kim Hawer came to swimming as a more mature swimmer, always tries her hardest, has a laugh and encourages the team. Ryan Wegner, the quiet achiever consistently improves his times, representing the club at time trials, open carnivals, and the many school swimming opportunities that come along.

The club is very proud of both Harry Schwarz and Hinako Holman who competed in the Country Championships in Renmark in early Jan, and will compete in the State Championship in March, then Harry is aiming to swim at Nationals next year, hosted in our home capital of Adelaide. Exciting times ahead for these young swimmers.