On behalf of our club committee, I would like to thank everyone who attended and supported our carnival on Saturday 14th October at the John Dahl (Western Suburbs) Swimming Pool on Glenlyon Road. We are extremely grateful for the assistance provided to us by our army of volunteers, our sponsors and all the clubs that put in so much effort to support our event.

First established in 1953, our club has seen many changes. Not least of which is our recent change to our club name in-line with becoming affiliated with Triathlon Australia. While we will always maintain our status as a swimming club (Western Suburbs), the addition of triathlon membership offers a significant boost to our ability to attract new members to our ‘Westies Family’ while also providing a pathway for extremely talented, multidiscipline athletes to train at the same facility with the same coaching staff. A great marriage of skills, coaching and facilities.

The addition of triathlon allows for families to compete together under the same club banner at various events around Queensland and Australia. Representing the same club in multiple sports as a family (Mum, Dad and the kids) is not easily replicated by any other club and something we are very proud to be able to offer our members and the Gladstone region.

We would not be in the position to make this change if it weren’t for our club coach, Coach Ryan McLoughlin, and his 3D Coaching team catching the ‘Western Suburbs Wave’. The enthusiasm and level of professionalism Coach Ryan has brought with him is outstanding. The Westies club is thriving from this injection of positive energy and our future is one of great excitement.

While talking about exciting changes, by this time next year there will be more significant changes to the facility and surrounds. Our club has recently been successful in gaining approximately $250,000 in funding from State and Local Government for various upgrades to our facilities. These funds will be spent with local businesses, employing local trades people for a facility that is open to the general public. WIN-WIN-WIN! If you think the look and feel of our pool has improved significantly this year… just wait to be amazed in 2018!

Sincerely

Alex Staines

President Western Waves Swimming and Triathlon Club