Although the Kindersley Aquatic Centre has now been open for just over two-weeks, the resurrection of the Kindersley Swim Club has been in the works for the last year-and-a-half.
Leigh-Anne Gutenberg, president of the Kindersley Swim Club, was an avid swim club participant in years previous and took it upon herself to put the wheels into motion for the new swim club.
“There is a lot of paperwork to get in order for Swim Sask and also for registering a non-profit, so I got going on that approximately 18 months ago so everything would be ready for when the pool was open,” said Gutenberg.
She added that she has received words of encouragement and Mayor Rod Perkins was one of the first people to show his support for the return of the swim club.
“A lot of people who knew me from when I was in swim club in my teen years have reached out and Mayor Rod Perkins, who was the previous swim club’s president and coach, was one of the first to say he was very happy to see it coming back,” said Gutenberg.
The club is open to adults and youth 5 years of age and older. Gutenberg stated that swimmers will have to be at least seven-years-old to compete but they can start learning and training with the club, as young as five.
During their registration night the club had 15 interested people sign up and Gutenberg said they will now have the first four practices to decide if they would like to continue for the season, which will run from May to the end of July.
Those who stay with the club will have the opportunity to compete at swim meets across the province with the end goal being Provincials during the last weekend in July.
A local swim meet is on Gutenberg’s radar, however it will be a future event with hopes of potentially next year.
“It takes a lot to host a meet, a lot of volunteers and time and organization and in the first year we just wanted to focus on the swimmers and coaches before we start adding things in. However, since our pool is 25 feet, that does allow us to hold a meet and it is definitely something we would like to do in the future,” explained Gutenberg.
Gutenberg will not only be running the club but she will also be an integral part of the coaching staff, one which they hope to add to and encourages anyone interested to submit an inquiry.
She also added for residents to keep an eye out for a future fundraising event which will be a mock swim meet and give people the opportunity to come out and see what the club is about and raise money for future events and operations.