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Port Pirie to Host 2019 Country Championships

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Media Release 28th December 2016 - Click Here

For immediate release

SA Country Championships Head to Iron Triangle

SwimmingSA Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2019 Country Championships will be hosted by Port Pirie Swimming Club. This will be the first time the event has been held in Port Pirie since the Aquatic Centre upgrade.

The championships showcase the outstanding regional talent from South Australia and including Broken Hill and SwimmingSA also looks forward to welcoming numerous visiting teams from other Australian regional areas. It is expected that approximately 30 teams will travel to Port Pirie to compete.

In addition to the best regional talent on show, the Championships will include a Junior Dolphins Come ‘n’ Try day for children aged 11yrs &U and SwimmingSA looks forward to seeing the children of Port Pirie participate and enjoy their racing.

Last time the Championships were in Port Pirie in 2012, more than 300 athletes competed. Current trends forecast this number to grow to 600 participants by 2019. This number of swimmers and their families (over 1200+ people) descending on the District of Port Pirie for a week provides a fabulous tourism opportunity for local businesses.

SwimmingSA Chairman Mr Peter Graham, himself a renowned international announcer, is excited at being able to attend the Championships, “The Country Championships provide all regional swimmers with an opportunity to compete against the best of their peers whilst enjoying the sporting in a fun and social atmosphere. Awarding the Championships to Port Pirie Swimming Club is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the refurbished Aquatic Centre” said Peter.

SwimmingSA are extremely grateful to the Port Pirie Council for their support of the event and are excited that the pool is programmed to undergo a major redevelopment over the next general period. It is proposed to replace the aged general facilities with a new building, including a purpose built gymnasium, other usable sporting space and build a new covered secondary swimming pool with water-play features.

To enable this construction to have the least impact on the pool accessibility, works are programmed to commence in early April 2017, with completion and full functionality by October 2018 in time for the 2018-19 Season and the Country Championships which are a great opportunity to utilise and promote the new facility.

The 2017 Championships are set to be hosted in Renmark and 2018 in Broken Hill before the Swimming Community makes the trip to the Iron Triangle for what promises to be a spectacular event at Port Pirie in 2019. Opportunities exist for local businesses to promote themselves at these two events prior to 2019. Information about the Country Championships is available on the SwimmingSA website – Click Here.

Further information about SwimmingSA can be found on our website www.sa.swimming.org.auor contact Chief Executive Officer SwimmingSA - Michelle Doyle - michelle.doyle@sa.swimming.org.auor 08 7123 0848.          



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