Torridgeside Amateur Swimming Club (TASC) in Torrington are the latest recipients of a community grant from Torridge District Council totalling nearly £8.5K. The bid sponsored by three Torrington Councillors, Margaret Brown, Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin. And Cathrine Simmons has gone towards the funding of new electronic timing equipment for competitive swimming events.
The club has gone from strength to strength in recent years and has a large membership of around 172 people ranging in age from 6 years old to adults. All of the clubs activities are run entirely by 20 volunteers who make up the coaching staff, committee and helpers.
Punching above their weight in recent competitions the club is very active in the competitive swimming world. Last year saw 23 swimmers attend the Devon County Championships and 7 swimmers in the regional finals. They were also well placed in many other competitions including winning the Devon mini league beating the likes of Barnstaple, Crediton, and Illfracombe. The new timing equipment will now allow the club to hold their own competitions which will be open to other clubs and forms part of their “swim for success” project. The benefits will include giving their swimmers more opportunities for competitive swimming, and for the youngsters to train and get used to competitions within the supportive environment of their home base. By being able to host more events at home It will also reduce travel costs to away galas, which sometimes require an overnight stay.
The equipment which uses electronic boards at the end of each lane is activated by the start gun and will stop at the end of the race when swimmers make contact with the board. Linked by computer to an electronic scoreboard the system will instantly display the times achieved by each swimmer and split times during longer races.
Torrington Ward Member – Councillor Cathrine Simmons said: “With the support of my colleagues we were really happy to support this application, which will benefit a great number of swimmers both local and visitors alike. The club has a wide reach in the community and is a great place for youngsters to keep fit and learn to compete competitively. We look forward to the continuing success of the club and welcoming many more people to the town to attend future galas, which will probably benefit the local economy as well.”