Regional first for swim relay

June 20, 2024 BY

Facilities: Swimming Victoria's annual Victorian Relay Competition will see participants competing at the Ballarat Lifestyle and Aquatic Centre this weekend. Photo: SUPPLIED

THE state’s best swimmers are set to test their skills in the region with this year’s Victorian Relay Competition coming to Ballarat tomorrow, Saturday 22 June.

The Swimming Victoria event is being held in the region for the first time and also marks the competition’s debut in a regional setting.

With a day of swimming set to be had at the Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre, City of Ballarat mayor Cr Des Hudson said hosting the event is a win for the region’s sporting reputation.

“To be the first regional venue to host the 2024 Victorian Relay Competition is fantastic,” he said.

“We believe our sporting facilities are of high-quality standard and we have invested significantly in them over the years to ensure we can continue to attract significant events such as this.

“We can’t wait to welcome people from all over Victoria to the event.”

The relay will see participants make use of the centre’s long-course 50-metre pool with both Swimming Victoria members as well as individuals unaffiliated with a club able to compete.

Canterbury’s CGGS Aquatic, Greensborough’s DVE Aquatic, D5 Swim Club from Mount Eliza, and Westbourne Swim Club in Truganina are among the teams to have travelled for the event.

Swimming Victoria events experience manager Narelle Holding said their annual relay is a favourite among participants.

“It is clear from all our events, state championships level included, that everybody loves the relay races the most,” she said.

“They are fun and for a sport that often feels like an individual sport, it can really provide a great team connection.

“We can’t wait to bring the event to Ballarat.”

The competition will kick off at 11am. For more information, visit Swimming Victoria’s website.