The Club engages in other social activities beyond our regular Club Nights; most commonly our members attend many of the regular swimming carnivals within the region. This is seen as a logical extension and a culmination of their swimming skills being put into practice in an authentic competitive arena.
We also have our end-of-season Break-up and Prize-giving, which is always a "rewarding" outcome for all the members' efforts. We also try to include our fundraising 'Aquathon' sponsored swim on one of our club nights each year - then we also have a bit of a party atmosphere at Christmas and Easter times - with a "Surprise-Santa" and some gift-giving.
Each Club night is a carefully worked-out schedule of varied swim events, focussing on the four strokes over a variety of distances, for different abilities. We stage noodle and kick-board races in our heated undercover 18m pool for the littlies (our Dolphin Members).
We also hold a raffle each week with a variety of different prizes to be won. We have a kitchen roster for parents to volunteer their time at preparing and serving up just a basic hot dish which varies each week, and for this service their week's subscription payment is waived.
Dolphin Members (kids aged 7 or under at time of sign-on, and free to join) can take part in our fun noodle and kick-board races in the heated undercover 18m pool. They can advance to longer distances in the main pool when ready to do so.
Older kids get the chance to swim most standard distances in all strokes, can win our monthly Series Awards vouchers, become recognised for their achievements under the National JX Awards program, and can take part in other affiliated pool activities.
Cairns Stingrays members are encouraged to compete at carnivals throughout the region. This season’s FNQ Carnival Calendar is included - see Calendar page. This year's Stingrays Carnival will be a twilight 'Hallowe'en-Themed meet held at Woree Sports & Aquatic Centre on Saturday 31 October 2015. An adult must stay at carnivals with your child and be available to help out with timekeeping. It is essential all families help with timekeeping at all carnivals they attend as timeslots are allocated in proportion to the number of swimmers that have nominated from the club.
Nominations for all carnivals are received and processed by our Race Secretary, Alice Foote, who verifies race times before placing nominations.
Information ‘Flyers’ for each upcoming Carnival as well as Nomination Forms can be found on the Stingrays cabinet at the pool, and will also be distributed direct to members' email addresses.
Place your completed nomination form into an envelope marked with name, carnival and amount enclosed, along with the correct money or cheque, and put into the green Stingrays box at the Kiosk, or hand-in at Club Nights. Please contact a committee member if you would like any assistance with completing your form.
Important points for carnival nominations: No nominations will be accepted after the closing date displayed on the flyer. Please use one envelope per carnival and one cheque (if using) per carnival. Please do not nominate for a carnival if you do not intend to go as the club job roster (eg for timekeeping) is based on the number of swimmers who have nominated not necessarily the number who attend.
Before nominating for events at carnivals, please speak with your coach about suitability for the events you wish to race in.