Swimmers and parents from both the Stanthorpe Swimming Club and Toowoomba's Turbo Jets Swimming Club.
Swimmers and parents from both the Stanthorpe Swimming Club and Toowoomba's Turbo Jets Swimming Club.

Swim club gets behind some old friends

SWIMMING: Seeing the struggle of old friends from afar, Troy Chandler and the Toowoomba Turbo Jets Swimming Club put their heads together to come up with a plan to help.

Mr Chandler said he and the club had a long association with Stanthorpe Swimming Club, heard about the drought plight and wanted to do something to give back.

“Water for our Mates was the initiative we ran here in town,” Mr Chandler said.

“Both my wife Jodie and I have known Gail Smail at the pool for a number of years. I’m also an executive on the Darling Downs Regional Association so I know Shannon Armbruster through that.

“When I heard about the plight out there in relation to water I thought ‘what can we do?’.

“We put our heads together and Water for our Mates is what we came up with,’ he said.

Mr Chandler put the call out to his club and donations from members and affiliated businesses came flooding in.

“When we first set it up we were targeting 100 cartons and it just snowballed and we got that many easy and we ended up with 247.”

On Monday, members of the Turbo Jets club loaded up four vehicles and made their way to town.

“In a truly generous gesture, the water was brought down on trailers and in cars for struggling members of the Stanthorpe Swimming Club to assist with some relief from purchasing water,” Shannon Armbruster from Stanthorpe Swimming Club said.

“Thirteen swimmers came with parents to deliver the water and have a joint squad session with Stanthorpe swimmers, who were very excited to be back in the pool.

“A huge thank you must also go to the Southern Downs Regional Council for making sure that the pool was ready for the start of the season,” Mrs Armbruster said.

Mr Chandler said his club tried to get behind a cause each year and this one seemed fitting.

“We hope it rains shortly. We need it here as well but we’re a little bit better situated than those in Stanthorpe.

“Hope the delivering of water brings water.”

Stanthorpe Swimming Club officially starts its season this Friday, October 11 with a come and try night. The night gets under way at 5.30pm for a 6pm start.