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The 81st AIF National Swimming Carnival

ABOVE: Competitors take to the water during the Skipper Nobbs 50m freestyle handicap heats event. RIGHT: Former Olympic swimmer Bruce Featherston from the Gold Coast, warms-down after his event. Bruce competed at the Munich Olympic games. IMAGES: (from a very damp) Lynne Mowbray.

Saturday’s dismal weather cancelled a lot of events around the Clarence Valley but it could not dampen the spirits of the hundreds of keen swimmers who travelled to Grafton from around the country, to compete in the annual AIF National Swimming Carnival.
The hosting club for this year’s national event was Grafton’s GDSC Swimming Club.
President of the AIF Swimming Association of Australia, Kerry Ryan, thanked Grafton club president Steve Donnelly for taking on the task of hosting this year’s event and also thanked all the many volunteers, who assisted with the set up and running of the carnival.
Despite Saturday’s heavy rain, which saw the closure of many roads around the Clarence Valley and the cancellation of events, nothing could stop these keen swimmers, from taking to the water.