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Swim classes win State recognition

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Pauline Collins (front, left), Tahnee Conopo, Julie Kaniecki (back, left), Evy Apeldoorn, Mel Warren, Katherine Millar and Manjimup shire president Paul Omodei celebrate the Manjimup Regional AquaCentre's AUSTSWIM State win earlier this month.
Camera IconPauline Collins (front, left), Tahnee Conopo, Julie Kaniecki (back, left), Evy Apeldoorn, Mel Warren, Katherine Millar and Manjimup shire president Paul Omodei celebrate the Manjimup Regional AquaCentre's AUSTSWIM State win earlier this month. Credit: Tari Jeffers / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

The Manjimup Regional AquaCentre has made a splash, winning a State award for its Freestylers Swim School AUSTSWIM program.

It is the first time in 10 years a regional aquatic centre has won the Western Australian AUSTSWIM Recognised Swim Centre 2017 award and the team beat nine other finalists.

As a result of the win, the Manjimup Regional AquaCentre is automatically in the running for the national award, which will be presented in Queensland in September. The pool has offered its AUSTSWIM program since the facility opened in 2006.

Centre service officer Tahnee Conopo completed the entry submission over four weeks and said she entered because she felt the team deserved to be recognised.

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Swim instructor Julie Kaniecki said the award was an amazing recognition and instructor Katherine Millar said people came from all over the region to attend the classes.

“It’s nice to be recognised because swimming is such an Australian part of life,” she said.

Manjimup shire president Paul Omodei said, on behalf of the Manjimup Shire Council, thank you for the initiative taken in completing the submission.

“This facility is one of our major assets and when people decide to come live in the region, they take facilities like this into consideration,” he said.

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