The Narrabri Stingrays hosted its first race evening of the season last Thursday and it was a major success for the club.

The Stingrays opened the season with a higher number of swimmers than any regular evening last season.

Narrabri Stingrays head coach Fiona Connell said it was great to see new and old members enjoy being back in the summer season.

“There was a lot of excitement about being in the outdoor pool,” she said.

“It is very impressive to see how far those that trained over winter have improved while welcoming so many new and returning faces is also very exciting.

“To see some members attend that have previously partaken in squad session is wonderful to see.

“I’m really happy to see our demographic of ages spreading out as well.

“Having six-17-year-olds really shows that as a club we are moving towards increasing the longevity of our club members in the sport.”

Connell told The Courier that the race events had slightly changed from last season.

“For race nights this year we are transitioning to a grade-based race night,” said Connell.

“Additionally we are going to be providing more feedback about rules and disqualifications so the swimmers are given a friendly environment to correct their mistakes.”