New uniforms a hit

Hume Swimming club members in their new uniforms. Picture supplied

Tara Murray

Hume City Swimming Club members will look slick when competitions return next year after receiving a grant to get new uniforms.

The club was one of 15 community groups across Hume and Whittlesea to receive a $1000 grant from Stockland’s CARE grants.

Club president Jonie Walker said the new uniforms couldn’t come at a better time, after COVID-19 restrictions left them out of the pool for most of the year.

“Thanks to Stocklands for the grant,” she said.

“It’s amazing and such a great thing for us coming back from such a long time off.”

The club used the money to enlist Hume-based company to create personalised uniforms for each swimmer.

The club usually bulk orders its uniforms from China.

Ms Walker said it was good to give back to a local provider, Meant 2 Be in Tullamarine.

The club, which is based at Splash in Craigieburn, has returned to the pool and is slowly building up their sessions.

“It has been really different,” she said. “[The swimmers] lost so much strength and fitness, so our plans are about that at the moment.

“We’ve got some people who swim just for fitness, fun and community involvement and then there’s a high number of competitive swimmers, for them it’s their sport.”

Ms Walker said anyone who was interested in joining the club was welcome to get in touch. People need to have some swimming ability to join.

Hume Men’s Shed Craigieburn, Probus Club of Craigieburn, Hume Valley School, Mickleham Darts Club, the Craigieburn War Memorial and Remembrance Committee, Willmott Park Primary School, Hume City Squash Club, Craigieburn Historical Interest Group, Bandicoot Chess Club, Beveridge Riding Club, Craigieburn Eagles Basketball Association, Northern Suburbs Fibromyalgia Self Help Group and Whittlesea Scout and Guide Hall Committee of management also received grants.