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Our history

Cairns Stingrays Swimming Club is a community, non-profit organisation that was founded at Woree Bicentennial Aquatic Centre in 1989. For over 20 years, local children have donned the signature lime green and black togs and shirts and become ’Stingrays’. London 2012 Olympians Brenton Rickard and Chris Wright were both Stingrays in their younger years, their names featuring prominently on the perpetual trophies in our clubhouse trophy cabinet.

Neve & Amber at the Cairns Festival

Benefits of club membership

Stingrays members enjoy participating in our fun, family-oriented Friday Club Nights for the entire summer season (and year-round), and are encouraged to augment this activity with practical Squad Training sessions held through the week after school. All members also have the opportunity to represent Cairns Stingrays at our annual home carnival and other meets throughout the region. 
Swimming as a sport develops physical conditioning, sportsmanship, teamwork, mental discipline and other skills that provide immediate as well as life-long benefits that go well beyond the walls of the pool.

Younger members in their places on the float

Club management

Swimming is a family participation sport - club activities are organised by our volunteer Stingrays Management Committee members with assistance and input from other club families. Club families are also encouraged to attend meetings and put forward suggestions and recommendations that will improve and strengthen our club. Meetings are held monthly— please contact a committee member for date and venue if you would like to attend. You can find these dates (and dates of all scheduled events) on our Calendar page, which can be copied or subscribed to on your own calendar.
Management welcomes all new members and wishes you a great swimming season!

A happy Hayden awaiting our float's departure in the parade

Stingrays the Best Presented Club at the Championships 2012-13

Cairns Stingrays won the award for the Best Presented Club at the marchpast, thanks to our fantastic "stingrays" headgear. To view video of the club marchpast at the FNQ Championships at the end of last season, 2012-13, click on this link.