Competitive swimmers Faith Knelson and Aileen Humphreys represented their community at the Canadian Age Group Championship Swim Meet in Quebec City this summer. The Orcas Swim Club

Competitive swimmers Faith Knelson and Aileen Humphreys represented their community at the Canadian Age Group Championship Swim Meet in Quebec City this summer. The Orcas Swim Club

Swim Club asks for help

For help dealing with a shortfall of almost $7,000 it incurred in 2014-15 due to a decline in registrations.

The Orcas Swim Club has asked the Town of Ladysmith for help dealing with a shortfall of almost $7,000 it incurred in 2014-15 due to a decline in registrations.

At a Nov. 2 presentation to council OSC President Shelley Anderson said there has been a decline in the number of swimmers on the Orcas Swim Club’s roster from 42 to 24.

This despite a successful season, with two of its swimmers competing in the Canadian Nationals; and continued success predicted in the coming year.

“We truly are the little club that does,” Anderson told council.

While registration numbers have dropped, the club faced fixed costs of $15,584 for pool time and almost $53,000 for coaching. Total expenses for the year ending in August were $89,394.

Anderson said the club has been able to reduce some of its costs, and that it is actively seeking sponsorship from local businesses.

But until registrations can be increased, or sponsorship revenues found, the club is asking for a reduction in pool rental fees at Frank Jameson Community Centre.

“As a club, we really need some assistance,” Anderson said. “That’s why we’re here tonight.”

On a motion from Coun. Rob Hutchins the request for assistance was referred to staff for recommendation at a future meeting.