The Cairns Stingrays Swim Club has proudly been a part of the Woree Sports and Aquatic Centre since the facility first opened. It has hosted successful State and National level swimmers as well as 100m Butterfly Olympian - Chris Wright.
The Competitive Squads is the next step after swimmers have progressed through the L'il Stingers Learn to Swim program. We gradually introduce the competitive scene to older children (8+) through to young adults (18+).
Skate Rays – The junior development program for swimmers from 8 to 12 years old. The focus is on body position, introduction to the complete butterfly stroke and an understanding of technical skills like "catch" and "pull". Swimmers can choose to be a part of the Cairns Stingrays Swimming Club and attend swimming carnivals. Skate Rays are to attend 2 - 4 sessions per week.
Leopard Rays – The junior development program for swimmers from 11 to 14 years old. Swimmers spend more time developing race specific skills and develop each individual stroke technique. To progress into Leopard Rays from Skate Rays, swimmers must be a part of the Cairns Stingrays Swimming Club and attend 5 Swimming Carnivals throughout the season. Leopard Rays are to attend 3 - 6 sessions per week.
Tiger Rays - The mixed development program for swimmers 11 and older. The focus is on improving technical skills and fitness. Swimmers can choose to be a part of the Cairns Stingrays Swimming Club and attend swimming carnivals. Tiger Rays are to attend 1 - 4 sessions per week.
Eagle Rays - The senior development squad for competitive swimmers 14 and older. The focus is on finding the optimal movement patterns for each swimmer and combining that with speed and endurance. Eagle Rays are to attend 4-6 swim sessions per week, in addition Eagle Rays can attend 2 gym sessions.
Manta Rays - The senior squad is the highest achievable squad at Woree Sports and Aquatics Centre. This squad works towards the highest ranking competitions statewide, national and international. The training program of each swimmer will be individually monitored, optimized and evaluated on a scientific basis, including physiological and biomechanical measurements. The program can be extended to 18+ hours swimming, 5 hours gym and 4 hours land training such as yoga per week.
Below is the squad timetable.