Demand for answers on swim meets

THE Launceston City Council has called on Swimming Tasmania to provide the "exact" and more "accurate" reasons why the organisation is moving all three of its state championship events to Hobart.

Swimming Tasmania announced last week that it would move its state short-course titles, which were traditionally held at the old Mowbray pool and successfully returned to the Launceston Aquatic Centre last August, to the Hobart Aquatic Centre along with the open and aged titles.

Northern swimmers are disappointed in the move, as is the Launceston City Council.

Council general manager Robert Dobrzynski said yesterday that he had already contacted Swimming Tasmania and hoped to meet the organisation and the Hobart City Council in the near future to rectify the issue.

Swimming Tasmania said last week that changes at the Launceston Aquatic Centre had compromised its ability to provide the best short-course competition and it was therefore moving it.

The only change at the aquatic centre is the new LAfit gym.

Swimming Tasmania's community sport administrator Tim Bingham also said last week that the new hire agreement was "too good to pass up" and would provide heaps of savings, but a condition is that the three major events are held in Hobart".

Mr Dobrzynski said from what he understood, the charges associated with the short-course championships were no different to the charges the organisation would incur in Launceston.

"The savings to Swimming Tasmania are at the long events and those savings are in the order of $4800 for the two events," he said.

"There are some 50 families in the North and North-West, [that accounts] for about $1000 for some two nights accommodation and travel down to Hobart.

"That's $50,000 that people in the North of the state are going to have to fork out so Swimming Tasmania can reap a massive $4800 dividend.

"From an equity point of view that's a serious concern."

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