Swimmers make a splash at Heritage City meet
DURING the past two years, Maryborough Aquatic Centre has seen more construction workers, bulldozers and brooms than swimmers.
But while the $6.5 million facility has been back in business since May, the Maryborough Swimming Club is still under construction.
The centre's drawn out redevelopment coupled with January's floods just a month after the reopening severely impacted the club.
A massive decline in membership among other things gave the club no option but to start from scratch.
The club's annual Heritage City Short Course Meet at the weekend was the first of many steps to be taken in the rebuilding phase.
About 100 swimmers from across the region took the plunge in the two-day carnival.
Despite Maryborough being under represented this year, club president Rhonda Davis said it was great to finally put all the drama behind them and be able to concentrate on the most important thing.
"We are in the process of trying to re-establish the Maryborough Swimming Club and this carnival has helped do that," she said.
"It was a real fun day and the friendship between the clubs and competition rivalry was great.
"The community has also been a great help and we've received some good support from parents."
Despite the setbacks, Davis was confident the club would grow again and be able to provide a great environment for all swimmers.
"It's definitely been tough, but it's quite good to have fresh approach in a new aquatic centre," she said.
The club is expected to announce a new head coach later this week.