Above:  At training on Monday afternoon – back, Emily Croker, Phoenix Malcom, Rory Holman, Mia Croker, Bella Bakhuis, Millie Collins, Ella Tomlinson, Clare Jensen, Claudia Penberthy, Alison Hartog-Smith, Summer Fernance, Alex Mison, Fiona Connell, front, Sofia Perovic, Heath Collins, Elke Collins, Pip Collins, Zoe Malcolm, Lexi Fernance, Frazer Penberthy and Ryan Williams.


The Narrabri Stingrays Swimming Club has a little bit of extra motivation this month.

On February 1 the club announced that it had signed up for the Starlight Super Swim.

Starlight is the broadest reaching children’s charity in Australia with a mission to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.

The Stingrays decided that they wanted to make a splash for sick kids in hospital, and set two goals for the Super Splash.

The first goal was to raise $2000 during the 30-day challenge.

The club has already raised $1185 in a week.

The second goal was to swim a combined 600km.

After training yesterday the squad had already totalled more than 250 km.

“We’ve been very fortunate that we’ve been offered some grants this year to help us out and we wanted to give back,” Stingrays head coach Fiona Connell said.

“One of our committee members identified that Starlight do the Super Swim in January/February each year.

“We thought that was a really good way for the squad to rally together for a great cause.”

Connell contributed to the Stingrays’ Starlight Super Swim distance last weekend.

The Stingrays competed at the Gunnedah Swimming Club’s carnival at its new pool and Connell raced in two open events.

She took on the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke events.

“It was very different because I don’t take [racing] seriously any more,” Connell said.

“It was more so done for the kids and also a bit of club camaraderie.

“Also Gunnedah has just got their new pool facilities so the pool nerd I am I wanted to test it out.”