TAREE Amateur Swimming Club has been chosen to host the NSW Country Regional Championships next January.
With only three country locations selected across NSW, this will be a popular event.
"Taree was selected along with Lightning Ridge and Queanbeyan,'' club president Mick Cross said.
"We expect more than 300 swimmers to come to Taree to compete over the two day event. Being on January 10 and 11, we are hoping that swimmers and their families will not only compete, but also stay a little longer and have a holiday enjoying our beautiful coastline and mountains."
Taree has one of the most impressive swimming venues on the coast with the outdoor 50m Olympic pool and excellent grandstand.
"We can't wait to show off these excellent facilities,'' Mr Cross continued.
"It has been at least five years since a carnival has been held at this venue."
He is also enthusiastic about how the swimming club is growing in numbers.
"Not only do we have young swimmers trying club for the first time, but we also have mature swimmers returning to the sport after many years,'' Mr Cross explained.
"Some of our most competitive races are kids against their parents.
"Having this level of swimming competition in Taree is a great opportunity for our swimmers to compete at this high level. As you can see we are very excited."
The club passed on thanks to the Greater Taree City Council.
Mr Cross was very appreciative of the support provided by council to make this event a reality.
"Council recognised that we haven't had a swimming carnival in Taree for a number of years and contributed significantly to make this event happen."
Meanwhile the first of the club's winter events will be conducted on Sunday starting at 2pm.
Further events will be held on August 17 and September 14 in preparation for the start of the new season in October.
Races will be held at the indoor pool at the YMCA Manning Aquatic Centre. A range of strokes will be covered.
Members of the public are invited to join in.
For further information contact Mick Cross on 0409 924 807.