Last Friday night the Yamba Orcas hosted the Maclean Manta Rays for a spectacular night of swimming and community spirit in the first interclub challenge of the season, at which 39 Manta Rays participated in the challenge at Yamba Community Pool to gain experience in a friendly but competitive arena. The sprint night began with freestyle, followed by backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke with the Orcas occupying lanes 1, 2 and 3 and the Manta Rays in lanes 4, 5 and 6. Our 20m swimmers successfully swam the extra 5 metres and 4 year old Harry Young even had time to wave to Maclean’s resident swimming coach, Ruth Everuss during his backstroke event. As with all good competitions, swimmers from both clubs recorded personal best times including Max Earle, Tyrece Kapeen, Chenoa Kapeen, Harry Campbell, Navah Crofton and Millah Curtis from the Manta Rays and Sienna Gilbert, Gus Gilbert, Leilani Reid, Soloman Reid, Toby Campbell and Zahli Berry from the Orcas.
The highlight of the night was the traditional relay event, which saw all six lanes disappear in a splash of white water! The spectators were on the edge of their seats and the swimmers were cheering one another on, but at the end of the night no one really knew (or cared) who won. We look forward to another interclub challenge in 2016 at Maclean Olympic Swimming Pool. Thanks again for a great night Yamba Orcas.