Kiama Swimming Club’s hope of unearthing a future champion received a welcome boost when that took out Greater Bank’s final #GreaterIllawarra program funding round for the year.
The $2000 they received for winning the December community vote will help off-set the cost of sending the club’s most promising young swimmers to Canberra in January to train and compete at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Kiama Swimming Club committee member, Laurey Davidson, said it was a fantastic opportunity for 25 of their young athletes to learn from some of Australia’s leading coaches, but also race against other regionally-based swimmers when they compete at the 2020 NSW Country Regional Meet.
“The trip to Canberra will be for some of our most promising young swimmers aged 5 to 13 years of age and is super important for their development in the sport,” Laurey said.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for our swimmers to train at the AIS’s international-standard facilities under the watchful eye of the sports best coaches. This will also prepare them well for the Regionals, where we are hopefully of medalling in a number of events.
“This experience though all comes at a cost for the club and also the parents of children taking part. Families fork out a tremendous amount of money to have their children participate in sport, particularly at an elite level, so it provides financial some relief to off-set those costs courtesy of the #GreaterIllawarra funding.”
Kiama Swimming Club is a small non-profit club based at Kiama Leisure Centre giving kids from 5-17yrs the opportunity to train and compete in all swimming areas.
Both runners-up for the December round, NSW Marine Rescue – Wollongong Branch and Albion Park Little Athletics Club, will each receive a $500 grant to go towards their operational costs.
Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Greg Creagan, said they were delighted to support a local sporting club that is providing experiences and opportunities to aspiring Illawarra athletes.
“The Illawarra has a long and successful sporting history, and grassroots clubs have been to the lifeblood of sports. It’s wonderful to see Kiama Swimming Club continue to provide opportunities for young elite athletes, but also young swimmers of all abilities to simply participate,” said Mr Creagan.
“We are delighted to provide these #GreaterIllawarra funding opportunities that make it more affordable for people to access sporting activities and create a more active and healthy society. Congratulations to the Kiama Swimming Club on taking out the community vote and we wish all members well for 2020.” | Greg Creagan, Greater Bank Regional Manager.
The #GreaterIllawarra program continues in 2020. Voting on the January round opens on 6 January and will close on 29 January. Vying for their share in $3,000 will be Superior Carr Brothers for Illawarra Convoy, Northern Illawarra Dance Company and Friends of Oak Flats Acrobatics Club.
To submit your vote, either go online to greater.com.au/greaterillawarra or visit any Greater Bank branch.
Greater Bank is also calling for nominations for future funding rounds. To do so, community groups can visit greater.com.au/greaterillawarra and explain in 100 words or less how the organisation is helping to improve the lives of locals.