SUMMER FUN: Jada Critchlow, Willow Anderson, Banjo Anderson and Tye Critchlow at the first Junior Dolphin Program to be held at the Bundaberg Swimming Academy on Sunday, 25 October 2015. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
SUMMER FUN: Jada Critchlow, Willow Anderson, Banjo Anderson and Tye Critchlow at the first Junior Dolphin Program to be held at the Bundaberg Swimming Academy on Sunday, 25 October 2015. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

More dolphin programs to come in 2016

THE Bundaberg Swimming Academy are looking at holding two more Junior Dolphin programs next year after the success of the first meeting earlier this month.

Held at the Fairymead swim club on November 7, 88 junior swimmers under the age of seven participated in a free program aimed at fun rather than a competitive environment.

Run by Swimming Australia, the program is on trial currently in four states including Queensland, as it looks at ways of reducing athletes from quitting the sport due to the intense competition and training hours associated with it.

Owner of the academy Michele Watson says the support has been great since the program came in the area.

"We were very surprised with the numbers who came out," she said.

"The format was great for the juniors, and some of them have now signed for our club."

When asked why swimmers move away from the sport, Watson said it was about the environment.

"Most swimmers leave because they move away, or the competitive pressure becomes too much for them," she said.

"The key to solving those problems is the way you run the club. You need to make it a welcoming one which is what we do in Bundaberg."

Watson added it was important everyone get the balance right between competitive and fun swimming.

"Queensland is one of the leaders in swimming around the world," she said.

"While every organisation is on the hunt for gold medals, and success of its athletes, we need to make sure it remains fun. This program provides that balance."

Announcements will be made next year for the next Junior Dolphin program to be held here.