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15 August, 2023

Desperate plea to keep club swimming

A LOCAL swimming club is at risk of folding if members don’t come forward to fill the executive committee.

By Ellie Fink

Desperate plea to keep club swimming - feature photo

The Mareeba Wildcats Swim Club is now desperately calling on the public to help save the long-standing club. 

At their annual general meeting on 1 August, all positions within the committee were vacated, including each member who had served on the executive team for a span of four years. 

Despite their best efforts, the club has been unable to secure replacements for these positions and now a subsequent AGM has been called for  Tuesday 22 August, with the hope keeping the club going.

“The club has hit some hard times over the last two years with the lease changing hands twice and with that the club has been without a permanent coach for most of that time,” a club spokesperson said. 

“A group of volunteers and assistance from the Atherton coach has been keeping the kids in the water since the end of last year.

“The Mareeba Swimming Club had the highest member total for Far North Queensland only three seasons ago, it would be a real loss to the Mareeba community if the Mareeba Swimming Club is no longer in operation. 

“We need more sporting options available for the kids in the community, not less. We desperately hope we can get some help before it comes to this.”

Although the past few months had been rocky for the club, they hoped the introduction of a new committee would  help create new ideas to get the group back into its prime.

“The club is continuing to work with the new lessee to help create a brighter future for the club and we are very hopefully, moving forward, there will be good things coming,” the spokesperson said. 

The AGM will take place at the Mareeba Swimming club clubhouse at 6pm on Tuesday 22 August. Any enquiries prior to the meeting can be made by emailing mareebawildcats@gmail.com

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