The Steinbach Skimmers Competitive Speed Swimming Club is applying for a $25,000 grant from the provincial government to get updated timing equipment.
They requested Steinbach City Council's consideration for a letter of support to complement their application, and council approved it.
The Steinbach Skimmers are hoping to upgrade the digital aquatic timing equipment, as the current equipment at the Steinbach Aquatic Centre is outdated and no longer compatible with the current timing software used across Canada.
The Steinbach Skimmers Board of Directors and coaching staff explain that this puts their club at a disadvantage when hosting swim meets, as they can only offer timing with stop-watches.
Their club has secured some funds for the purchase of new equipment, and are applying to the Province of Manitoba’s Arts, Culture, and Sport in Community Fund for $25,000 toward the $30,000 needed.
Councillor Damian Penner hopes they get the grant funding.
“The Steinbach Skimmers operate out of the Steinbach Aquatic Centre, which is a top-notch Aquatic Centre, and the Skimmers are a great team as well, so it's only fair that they get to show off their times on a nice big scoreboard.”