Shepparton’s Aqua Carnivale returns tomorrow

By Aydin Payne

Aquamoves is going to be buzzing with hundreds of competitors this weekend as the biggest day on the Shepparton Swimming Club calendar makes a splash.

The fourth annual Aqua Carnivale returns tomorrow and is set to be another fun-filled event, with Goulburn Valley and visiting swimmers competing in a range of events and activities.

Aqua Carnivale is quickly gathering a reputation as being more than just a swimming meeting, as the action-packed day looks to offer more to competitors in and out of the pool.

“We're looking at 250 competitors already, so each year we have seen the event grow, which is exciting,” Shepparton Swimming Club president Phil Guthrie said.

“Our vision was to always capture people's imagination and provide more than just a competitive swimming meeting.

“And it still is a serious swim meeting, but we want to make sure we can provide a fun experience and offer more to people who come along.”

Headlining the list of activities are an inflatable water slide, Enchanted Rainbow Circus Skills, raffles, music and much more.

And the famous football competition "Ball in the Barrel" returns, with a $150 prize for the winner this year following no winners in previous editions.

There will also be a pop-up shop from Slix Australia, with the shop offering new swimwear, goggles and towels.

“It's a credit to the community for the time and effort they have put in,” Guthrie said.

“We've given ourselves a unique space to try and build an event for everyone in what is a busy calendar.

“(The swimming calendar), it's crowded with events and I thank those who have been prepared to try something new and different.”

Once again, Aqua Carnivale will be partnering up with Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation to help raise funds and awareness for organ and tissue donation.

Guthrie said the club was proud to be involved with the foundation and said for each competitor's entry fee to a race, $1 would be given to the foundation.

“We are proud to still be involved with the Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation for another year,” he said.

“Our partnership with the foundation and (co-founder) Allan Turner has been massive.

“It resonated with us right from the beginning with the colours and it just fits the event.

“And hopefully we can raise plenty of funds for a special cause.”

● Pool entry and warm-ups will begin at 10am and competition will start at 11am.