TOP THREE: Andrew McGinley of Lismore Diggers finishing third in the 50m open breaststroke at the club’s interzone carnival.
TOP THREE: Andrew McGinley of Lismore Diggers finishing third in the 50m open breaststroke at the club’s interzone carnival.

Diggers club hosts swimming contest

DESPITE some torrential rain the Lismore Diggers Swimming Club hosted 104 competitors in the Australian Imperial Force interzone carnival on Saturday.

Southport swimmer Leanne Hastings won four individual races and three relays to be the outstanding swimmer of the carnival.

Mitchell Jacobsen of Lismore was the fastest male swimmer in the open free-style.

Southport won the overall pointscore with Lismore second and Twin Towns third.

"It was well attended and everyone had a great time," club publicity officer Bruce Towner said.

"People said it was the best one we've run.

"We had 104 swimmers and three-and-a-half hours to do it in."

The oldest competitor was a 92-year-old man from Bellingen and the youngest was 20.

"It was very competitive and we had a good spread of winners," Towner said.

Swimmers attended from as far afield as Moree and Inverell, as well as the Far North Coast and Gold Coast.

The event also served as a good warm-up for the AIF national carnival next month.

Lismore Diggers Swimming Club has weekly events at the Lismore Memorial Baths on Sundays from 9am to 10am.

For more information, contact Bruce Towner on 66244798.



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