Keeping smaller swimming clubs afloat is no easy feat these days.
That gives Waitakere City Swimming Club even more reason to celebrate its 50th jubilee tomorrow at Alexandra Park in Greenlane.
Formerly known as Western Districts Swimming Club, the club began at Henderson Primary School in 1962, later moving to Henderson High School and finally settling at the West Wave Aquatic Centre in 1988.
Club president Stephanie Pilling says the club has had its ups and downs but prides itself on affordability.
"We were in dire straits a couple of years ago but it's the families that have kept us going," she says.
"I have children of my own and I wouldn't be able to take them to swim with anyone else because of the high fees."
The club members range in age from 6 to 17 and head coach Gary Fernandez is looking for more keen swimmers to keep the tradition alive.
"Swimming numbers are down at the moment across Auckland but kids need to stay healthy and swimming is a vital skill,' Mr Fernandez says.
Contact waitakerecityswim firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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