Swimming club receives crucial funding

EXCITED: Grampians Swimming Club members Dylan Ryan, Eve McMurtrie, Tom Urquhart and Natalie Wemyss pictured with the grant. The money will go on to help swimmers like them at the club.

EXCITED: Grampians Swimming Club members Dylan Ryan, Eve McMurtrie, Tom Urquhart and Natalie Wemyss pictured with the grant. The money will go on to help swimmers like them at the club.

An $850 grant from Dunkeld Bendigo Bank has ensured the Grampians Swimming Club will have new equipment for all its members. 

The new equipment will help us build on our ability to try different things and give us more of a range of what we can teach

Ange Leithead

The grant has allowed the club to purchase new kickboards, paddles and flippers to make it easier to teach new and existing members how to swim.

Grampians Swimming Club head coach Ange Leithead said the grant is “incredibly important”.

“We do the best with what we’ve got but we have had limited access to quality equipment,” she said.

“The new equipment will help us build on our ability to try different things and give us more of a range of what we can teach.

“It makes for a more even playing field for all of the kids.”

Prior to the grant, members of the club were either forced to buy their own equipment or borrow pieces Leithead bought with her own money. 

Leithead said the club is “grateful” for the support that has been given.

“We used to make do with what we had but now we can provide better lessons for everyone,” she said.

“It was very generous from Bendigo Bank for providing us with the money.”