Club back in swim
THE Grafton Amateur Swim Club will commence its summer season tonight at the Grafton Olympic Pool with a signon/fun night.
Sign on will be from 5.30pm to 6pm, followed by some 25 and 50-metre swims plus some novelty swims, all organised in a fun format and winding up at 7pm.
Swimmers will also be treated to a free slide session. Normal club nights will resume at the Grafton Olympic Pool the following Wednesday, October 19.
Membership is open to all, and the only requirement in taking part in the swimming events is that 25 metres can be swum.
There are events careering for all abilities from the first time novice to the elite competitor, including swimmers with a disability.
The swimming club arranges the swims so competitors are placed in events with other swimmers of similar ability.
The weekly program consists of all four strokes being swum each club night, with freestyle always being swum first.
The swimmers are graded into five categories, and their improvements in their times are rewarded through a seasonal point score.
The Wednesday club nights are a great introduction to swimming, with the main emphasis being on fun.
It has traditionally been a great family outing and many inter-school friendships are formed.
A barbecue operates also operates on the night.
Registration is $55 for the first family member and $50 for each subsequent member (plus pool entry).
These fees are for one year and are for club membership as well as affiliation fees to our Zone (North Coast) and also to the NSW Swimming Association.
As well as gaining entry to the Grafton Swimming Club program, it also lets swimmers compete in our zone and at other NSW swimming events.
Where's the 'niggle'?
BRISBANE. ? Former Test opener Matthew Elliott has called for the 'niggle" to return as Cricket Australia launched the most scrutinised domestic summer for a generation.
With Test and one-day positions up for grabs in an Australian side that has lost its untouchable aura following an Ashes series loss, the spotlight will shine brightly on interstate cricket.
The Pura Cup and ING Cup competi- tions were launched yesterday at Brisbane's Allan Border Field with the slogan: 'It's sport's toughest apprenticeship'.
But Elliott, who left Victoria for South Australia this season in a controversial defection, questioned whether state rivalries and mental toughness remained as strong as ever.
"I think a little bit of niggle has gone out of first-class cricket in Australia," he said.
"I think it's an important part of Australian cricket."