It's a busy time of year at the pool as the Wave Runners - there are 115 swimmers registered with the club - start their regular practice sessions in preparation for upcoming meets.Natalie Moody, the swim club's communications representative, says while all swimmers at all levels are encouraged to participate in the swim meets, they are not required to attend.
"If swimmers choose to participate in a swim meet, our coaches and other swimmers do a great job preparing them for competition," says Moody.
"As our returning swimmers will tell you, the swim meets are about more than friendly competition. They provide a chance to experience sportsmanship and teamwork at its best."
Club president Kim Davis-Winsor says a swim meet offers swimmers of all abilities the chance to take what they have learned in practice and test themselves against the clock in an effort to achieve certain goals set by the swimmer and their coach.
Club members will get their first opportunity to put their skills to the test later this month at an invitational meet hosted by the Bay Roberts Sea Lions Club.
"The big thing about these meets is that we're together as a club," says Davis-Winsor. "They just find it a lot of fun. They enjoy being with each other for a couple of days and cheering each other on."
With four student coaches and two experienced head coaches, this season is looking to be a productive one, says the president.
Along with the invitational meet in Bay Roberts, the club has also been invited to participate at the Springdale Blue Fins meet on July 31 and the Marystown Marlins invitational meet on August 8. The club will also host the swimming event of the Vista Games in early August.
"We love participating in the Vista Games and we're looking forward to doing so again later this summer," she says.
The provincial meet in Gander draws the biggest number of participants. For the last two years the Wave Runners club has won the most spirited club award at that competition. Davis-Winsor says the provincial meet is one many club members attend.
For more information on the Clarenville Wave Runners or to find out how to get involved, visit their website at www.waverunners.ca.After a little instruction from one of the Wave Runners swim club coaches, this young swimmer makes his way down the lane with ease.