Teamwork pays off for sporting clubs

THREE Orange sporting groups have one thing in common: they want to play sport, not muck around with getting their equipment organised.

Thanks to a united front and a couple of grants, Orange Triathlon Club, Dragons Abreast Orange and Aspire have an equipment storage shed at Lake Canobolas to call their own.

The groups regularly hold events and training sessions at the lake and, until lately, have had to lug their equipment to and from the lake in numerous trailers.

The $35,000 shed was built with funding from the three groups, a $17,000 NSW Sport and Recreation grant and $4000 from Orange City Council.

“We’ve been looking for years to leave stuff out here,” Orange Triathlon Club president Steve Martin said.

“We’ve been lugging it around in trailer loads at each race and it takes a lot of organisation.”

Aspire, which offers outdoor recreation and education activities to youth at risk, will also use the shed to store equipment.

Program manager Tina Weller said the new shed would make running their programs much easier.

“We’ll store trailers of equipment and this allows us to just take them and go,” she said.

Dragons Abreast Orange coach Pearl Butcher said training would be made easier with everything in the one place.

“It’s somewhere to leave the boats and it makes it easier to get them in and out,” she said.

Mr Martin said the new shed helped to enhance Lake Canobolas as a sporting facility.

“It adds value to the arrangement to apply for funding together,” he said.

“We’ve got lots of events coming up and it’s a great area for sport.”

Orange City Council spokesman Allan Reeder said the groups did a fantastic job and added to the sense of community at the lake.

“Orange City Council is pleased to be able to work with these groups to give them better facilities,” he said.

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