POOL SUPPORTERS: Sue Boardman, Suzanne Marcot, Trish O’Brien, Michael Hannan and Lee Harrison at the Nimbin swimming pool. FAMOUS FLOATER: (right) Pauline Aherne of Nimbin.
POOL SUPPORTERS: Sue Boardman, Suzanne Marcot, Trish O’Brien, Michael Hannan and Lee Harrison at the Nimbin swimming pool. FAMOUS FLOATER: (right) Pauline Aherne of Nimbin.

Floaters and family fun

A FUNDRAISER for the free, public swimming pool at Nimbin has new events planned for this year in its hotly-contested Pool Olympics.

A grand parade of muu-muus will be an adjunct event to the Hawaiian shirt competition, which will perhaps give men the courage to compete which they have lacked, yet again, in the synchronised swimming - two teams, no fellas. (Questions are expected to be asked at the debrief.)

So says organiser with the Friends of the Nimbin Pool, Sue Edmonds, who this week announced the expanded program of events.

"This year a Float Marathon has been added," Sue said.

"It's a first for Nimbin. Never before has there been a marathon for floaters at any Olympics.

"This event has stirred the competitors, some declaring they can float for a week. If this happens, one part of the pool will be fenced off to keep the floaters safe when the synchronised swimming teams hit the water."

Asked whether there are any special events planned for children, Sue replied that "it seems we must".

"So there's Save the Baby - small dolls glued to rocks and thrown in the deep end, Sue explained, "and races on noodles and retrieve the table tennis balls.

"For the adults ... well, there's the real marathon, round and round the pool ten times, and of course the float marathon.

"There's on-course betting on this event, which has no cut-off time. Strict rules include no moving, at all.

"That will be followed by synchronised swimming in its broadest sense - that is, no pegs on noses, but there is music, and water, and two teams.

Trophies and prizes have been donated by local artists and shopkeepers.

The Hawaiian shirt and muu-muu parade is also open to exhibitors with beach umbrellas and other swimming paraphernalia such as snorkels, flippers and goggles.

"The Olympics are organised by The Friends of Nimbin Pool as a fundraiser to help with the upkeep of this wonderful community pool," Sue said.

"We need another toilet, as presently there is only one toilet servicing the swimming pool, the kids playground and the skateboard park - and it is only open for six months. And we'd like a ramp into the pool and a drinking fountain.

"Meantime we enjoy and appreciate the best free pool in Australia."

The Nimbin Pool Olympics start at 10am on Australia Day, Saturday, January 26. It will finish off with a sausage sizzle and tea, coffee, or Bonox.


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