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THE Gawler Amateur Swimming Club is ex-
cited to begin its new season on a positive note,
with a new licensing agreement with Gawler
Council securing the club’s future for at least the
next few years.
The swimming club has spent the past few years
negotiating its water space fees with council, which
owns and maintains the pool.
The new agreement has resulted in the swimming
club paying a lesser fee, which has, in turn, allowed it
to reduce the cost of membership.
Club president Stephen Cook hopes the drop in
membership fees will attract more swimmers to the
club for the 2014/15 season.
“It’s nice to have a bit of security going forward,”
Mr Cook said.
“It has taken a couple of years to get that together,
but the council has been very good for us in bringing
that to fruition.
“They’ve been very accommodating there, I sup-
pose, and realised the number of swimmers that we’ve
The club has been busy raising money during the
off-season, which has further added to alleviating the
cost burden associated with council fees.
“From a lot of fundraising we’ve done over the win-
ter, we were able to offer very low swimming fees this
year,” Mr Cook said.
“So, the fundraising has basically paid for the bal-
ance of the water space fee.”
Because the club does not swim year-round, Mr
Cook said the swimmers are always excited to return
to the pool when the summer weather starts to kick
He added that, this year, the club would be look-
ing to the surrounding communities to help boost its
“We’re certainly going out this year and targeting
some of the surrounding areas,” Mr Cook said.
“There’s about half a dozen families from the
Barossa come down (to swim), so we’re looking to
attract people from Kapunda and Freeling and some
of the outlying areas.”
The first training was originally scheduled for this
Monday; however, due to delayed renovations, the
first session will now be held on October 20.
Club ready to swim
FORMER Kapunda Bombers’ junior Connor
McLean will take one step closer to achieving
his dream of playing AFL footy when he at-
tends the league’s state screening this Saturday.
McLean, 18, will be put through a series of rig-
orous testing, and interviews, at the Wayville Bas-
ketball Stadium, to assess his agility, strength, en-
durance, character and overall athleticism for club
The Hillbank resident, who started at Salisbury
Football Club before completing his junior football
with Kapunda, was surprised and excited to receive
a spot at the screening and has spent the past month
“getting his body right” for the day.
“At the start of the state program I just wanted to get
picked in the final 40, to be honest,” McLean said.
“It was a bit of surprise to get an invite to it, but
I’m looking forward to it.”
Following his junior days in the Barossa, Light
& Gawler Football Association, McLean began his
rise through the junior ranks at Central District in
2011, before this year playing his first season of se-
nior footy in the reserves.
Playing predominantly as a 193cm utility, he has
enjoyed the challenges of playing both in defence
and up forward against strong opposition.
“(Reserves) was a lot different,” McLean said.
“My first few games it was a bit difficult to get
used to it, but during the last part of the season I
thought I adapted to it pretty well.
“I’m one of the tallest so I have to take some of the
bigger centre-half-forwards and centre-half-backs;
that’s some of the biggest challenges.”
During the year he was also a part of South Aus-
tralia’s under-18 national championship victory,
playing in all six games.
Away from footy, McLean is also an extremely tal-
Last summer, during the under-19 national cricket
championships in Tasmania, he scored an impressive
120 not out for SA against the Northern Territory.
His performance prompted selection in the initial
30-man Australian squad for the under-19 World
Cup, but wasn’t enough for him to make the final
Central District reserves coach Jeff Brown had
only words of praise for the 18-year-old.
“He’s a clever sort of bloke, he’s really smart,
makes good decisions and is really competitive,”
“He’s just competitive, he doesn’t get outmarked
“He’s listened to everything everyone’s said, he’s re-
spectful; his development has come on really well.”
Fifteen of the SANFL’s best up-and-coming players
recently spent four days, between September 30 to
October 3, testing at the AFL draft combine at Eti-
had Stadium in Melbourne, among them McLean’s
fellow Bulldog team-mate Josh Glenn.
To be invited to the combine players must have
received an expression of interest from at least four
AFL clubs, compared to just one for the state screen-
The state screenings provide a chance for players
who missed an invitation to the national combine or
mature-aged players to showcase their credentials.
Gearing up for the draft
to his dream
Gawler Amateur Swimming Club members Phoebe Yates, Jackson Doherty and
Shannon Willis can’t wait to dive into the new swimming season.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
Former Kapunda Bombers’ junior Connor McLean will take a big step towards
achieving his AFL dream when he tests at the league’s state screening at Wayville
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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