The First Annual Swimming Carnival was held in the Cooma Festival Pool on 2nd March. Outstanding swimmers of the day were: B. Skinner, P. Fuller, B. Leppert, B. Moye and L. Halsey who shows great promise as a diver.
SENIOR CHAMPION: B. Skinner
JUNIOR CHAMPION: P. Fuller
SUB-JUNIOR CHAMPION-B. Leppert
SENIOR CHAMPION: N. Arrold
JUNIOR CHAMPION: G. McGufficke
SUB-JUNIOR CHAMPION: R. Blau
Although standards were not an enormous amount of interest was shown by all competitiors. R. Blau showed he had a lot of talent, winning every event in which he was entered. Ken Laughlin performed well in winning the Senior Breaststroke in record time.
The Swimming Carnival
"...Nine o'clock - and be there!" were the final words of encouragement... and we were there.
The few drops of rain which greeted us succeeded in dampening our clothes, but not our spirits, and soon the orderly uniformity of sports tunics and white shorts gave way to multi-coloured costumes which hovered uncertainly around the rather forbidding pool. Organisation, in the form of teachers and prefects, was not long in coming. The some five-hundred individuals swiftly developed into four compact, though friendly, houses, and the banners rose - and stayed there..
The competitors for the first event, the two hundred metres, lined up behind the starting blocks, with business-like expressions on their faces. Nothing about those expressions. But no-one really knew what kind of performance they, or anyone else for that matter, would put up, and they broke the ice (almost literally) eagerly.
There was no question about the enthusiasm of the spectators as the divisions of the. championships. were swum off with neat precision, for each race was met with equally noisy cheering and barracking. The questionmark which hung over the carnival merely added to the excitement.
Not the least interesting of events was the diving, which was original, if not especially skilful.
The novelty races also made a well-timed break in the time-table, and the originality here was also marked. It was intriguing to observe the numerous methods devised for breaking obstinate balloons. Fortunately there was a nice, sharp wire fence nearby. The elusiveness of wet corks provided much amusement for those concerned.
Many of the swimmers seem to have given their best performances in the Relays, which were usually won spectacularly by fairly long distances: the "participation" of members of the staff gave added interest to this section, and their win showed ability where it was least expected!
On the whole, the standard of swimming shown by participants was higher than anticipated and the organisation is to be complimented. This, plus good behaviour, combined to make a clear success of the first Swimming Carnival to be held by Monaro High.