COME ON IN: From left, John Hardman (new member), Lynn Bradbury (life member), Kathy Batts (president), Bryan Graff (club captain) and Leslie Smith (secretary) of Rocky Crocs Masters Swimming Club.
COME ON IN: From left, John Hardman (new member), Lynn Bradbury (life member), Kathy Batts (president), Bryan Graff (club captain) and Leslie Smith (secretary) of Rocky Crocs Masters Swimming Club. Jenny Lightfoot

Dive in with the Crocs

SPORTS clubs are all about the fierce athletes, tough competitions, hard-core training, sports injuries and winning gold medals, right?

Wrong.

Well, at least not for the Rocky Crocs Masters Swimming Club.

The club is calling for new members from all ages and at all skill levels, who can relate to their motto Fun, Fitness and Friendship.

The innovation has been instigated by the newly elected president of the club, Kathy Bates.

“What we are trying to do is reinvigorate the club,” she said.

“We want to cater for people who have that competitive streak as well as wanting to have fun and keep fit.”

Batts said the club once had 100 members but now it had reduced to just 40.

But she is determined to switch things around, and is looking for any swimmers from ages 19 and over.

Club Captain Bryan Graff said the club was all about enjoying yourself and not particularly competing.

“People think that with masters you have to be top-class swimmers - but we are not,” he said.

The 79-year-old said the club had a strong social aspect to it, but they also catered for the competitive athletes.

“People who like to get in and enjoy a swim will suit the club greatly,” he said.

“If you don't want to compete in a program or carnival we won't force you to compete; you just work at your own pace.”

Club secretary Leslie Smith said the club didn't want to intimidate people and it was open for anyone to join.

She said the club often travelled to carnivals around Queensland but not all of the members participated.

“We go away to carnivals in Harvey Bay, Bundaberg, Proserpine and Gladstone,” she said.

She said the club encouraged those who had an urge to swim to join the club.

The annual sign-on is on Sunday, November 22 at Rockhampon's south side pool.

Batts said they wanted younger swimmers to come along to the sign-on.

“Master swimmer doesn't mean senior citizen, and you don't have to be competitive or even know how to swim. Our motto is fun, fitness and friendship.”

Call Kathy Batts on 4938 4693.



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