For the joy of it ...
NO ONE encapsulates the joy of competitive sport more than Lismore Diggers Swimming Club.
The club, which provides fun and social swimming opportunities for participants, is preparing to welcome competitors from across northern New South Wales and southern Queensland for its Aust
ralian Imperial Force (AIF) Interzone Swimming Carnival on Saturday.
More than 100 entrants will contest various races, with individual and relay events on offer.
Club swimmer and publicity officer Bruce Towner said the day was about enjoyment as much as achievement.
"The event is really about the friendship and camaraderie that you get with like-minded people enjoying their swimming."
Swimmers from a huge area, stretching to Moree and Inverell in north-western NSW, the Far North Coast and the Gold Coast, will attend.
Social and amateur swimmers will be at the Lismore Memorial Baths, contesting 30m/50m races.
Events will be split into age divisions with championship and handicap races taking place.
Towner said he was expecting some strong - but friendly - opposition on the day.
"Southport sends some good swimmers," he said.
"They have some of the best swimmers.
"We will always be competitive in handicap events (though).
"The ethos of our club is 'any age, any ability' and that's the same with this carnival. There will be one entrant from Bellingen who is aged 87."
The club has operated for more than 60 years, catering for participants of various ages and standards.
Saturday's event also will be a good warm-up for next month's AIF National titles.
About 13 swimmers from the Lismore club will be at that event, which helps celebrate the achievements of top amateur swimmers across the country.
Spectators are welcome this Saturday, with competition starting at 1pm.
Lismore Diggers Swimming Club hosts weekly training sessions at the pool every Sunday from 9am to 10am. For more information, contact Bruce Towner on 6624 4798.