The City of Karratha was proud to host the 2019 Country Pennants swimming championships on March 2 and 3.

Over 800 of regional WA’s top swimming talent from 32 clubs across the State descended on the Karratha Leisureplex for the biggest competition on the State’s country swimming calendar.

The annual tournament, now in its 60th year, attracted over 1500 people to our town, including junior and senior competitors, volunteers, parents and spectators. From Hedland in the north to Esperance in the south, young people and their families came to compete in a wide range of individual and team events.

The Karratha Amateur Swimming Club is commended for the enormous work entailed in hosting this event, which was actually the second time it has done so. Karratha also hosted the competition back in 1989: think how the town has changed since then!

Karratha has undergone a remarkable transformation in the last decade, growing from a dormitory settlement for the resource industry to the thriving regional capital of the north it is today. We have so much more than mining on offer to our communities and visitors.

Hosting sporting events of state-wide significance like the Country Pennants demonstrates the high standard and capacity of the Karratha Leisureplex and is part of Council’s ongoing work to attract more major sporting and cultural events to our region.

It is also a great opportunity to showcase our vibrant city to new faces, with visitors providing significant economic flow-on benefits to local small businesses.

Congratulations to Karratha Amateur Swimming Club for winning the C-grade division and to other North West clubs Hedland, who won E-grade, and Exmouth, who won B-grade. Wickham also competed, with many records broken during two days of intense and exciting competition in the pool.