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October 26, 2016

Hundreds of swimmers who compete in regional competitions at Sale’s Lex Glover Regional Aquatics Complex will benefit from a major upgrade of the outdoor pool’s canteen.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester today announced the Federal Government would fund $15,000 towards a new canteen, which is a major source of fundraising dollars for the not-for-profit sporting club.

Mr Chester said the works would include rebuilding the canteen with permanent benches, splash-backs, a stainless steel sink, cupboards and removal of a wall. The changes will make the workspace safer and more user-friendly.

“Sale Swimming Club relies on its dedicated mums and dads, and other volunteers, to raise funds for new equipment and uniforms, and all profits from the canteen go back to the club,” he said.

“Sale is looking to host the Victorian Country Championships on January 27-29 and will need the new canteen to cater for the enormous amount of swimmers and their families that will be in our town for this major event.

“The upgrades will also help the club to host local swimming meets, team building sessions, fitness training sessions and nutritional education programs, ensuring it will get full use.”

Sale Swimming Club Grants Officer Kylie Dingwall said: “We pride ourselves in the way that our swimming community comes together and works as one to provide swimmers and families with the opportunity to experience high-quality events locally.”

“These upgrades will further help our swimmers to reach their potential and grow as a competent and competitive swimmer.”

Sale Swimming Club President Brendan Shepherd said the kiosk also represented an investment in the Lex Glover Regional Aquatics Complex.

“Sale swimming athletes, families, coaches and management share in a common goal in providing people young and old the opportunity to participate in this wonderful sport and represent our region in other parts of Victoria, Mr Shepherd said.

“Sale Swimming Club is more than 50 years old and these upgrades will provide a wider benefit to the community, while also enabling us to continue to retain and attract members.”

CAPTION: Federal Gippsland MP Darren Chester and Sale Swimming Club’s Kylie Dingwall and Shelby Dingwall and Sophie-Mae Dingwall at the outdoor pool’s kiosk.

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