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Tomatoes ripe for TASkeno win

THE Tomatoes Swim Club has partnered with the Waterfront Hotel in Bellerive to gain a $2000 TASkeno Community Fund package.

The Tomatoes Swim Club is aimed at people of all ages and abilities who want to develop their skills and have a bit of fun.

It has a focus on ocean swimming and provides access for members to compete in masters swimming competitions.

The club’s treasurer Lousie D’Amico said the support from the Waterfront Hotel was really appreciated as the club had minimal joining fees and mainly relied on fundraising to cover costs.

“We’re really appreciative of being able to receive the TASkeno Community Fund package,” she said.

“We’ve been able to buy merchandise like caps, t-shirts and hats so we can get our name and brand out there.

“Hopefully we’re going to get a banner put up at the Clarence Pool and get some flyers made up so we can put them at the front desk and distribute them wherever we can.”

Mrs D’Amico was also delighted at the opportunity to be able to provide funding for club members competing in pool swimming championships or completing major ocean swims.

“One of our swimmers is doing the English Channel this year, so we’re now able to put some money towards her trip,” she said.

“Ideally, we would like to fund other members of the swim club who want to do these things as well.

“We’d also like to pay for team swims and entry fees – it’s just these little things which encourage people to come along and have a go.

“Because we’re a smaller club, we’re trying to build up our member base and our profile for anyone who loves swimming and wants to come along.”

Waterfront Hotel manager Sharon Adams said they relished the opportunity to provide funds for the Tomatoes Swim Club and put back into the community.

“It’s a wonderful venture – we like to do anything that would help any community group,” she said.

“It’s beautiful and brilliant to put money back into these clubs and help them get established.

“We’re always open to anyone applying to receive some funding.”

The Tomatoes Swim Club is one of the latest Tasmanian organisations to benefit from the TASkeno Community Fund, a state-wide initiative that awards community groups $1,500 cash to put towards things like equipment, major events and activities, as well as a $500 voucher to use in the TASkeno venue that nominates them.

To nominate a worthy sporting or community group for funding, visit your local TASkeno venue or go to www.taskeno.com.au/nomiate.

Caption: From left, Tomatoes Swim Club president Doug Hughson, treasurer Louise D’Amico, Waterfront Hotel manager Sharon Adams, and Tomatoes Swim Club committee member Rob Peart have welcomed a $2000 TASkeno Community Fund package.