A local swim club acknowledged a big milestone.
 
On Saturday, the Piranhas Swim Club celebrated 60 years with food, cake and the Annual Summer Swim Meet at Harbour Pool.
 
"I was surprised because a couple years ago, we were doing our bottle drive and I had a gentleman who said 'yeah, my son he's 40-years-old and he used to swim with the Piranhas,'" said club president J.J. Bylsma.
 
The Piranhas got their roots back in 1957, going by the Mantras. The club originally practiced and competed in the Fort's outdoor pool, they moved inside when Harbour Pool opened in 1983.
 
"A lot of our coaches used to be former swimmers, so it's a great opportunity for families and for kids."
 
240 Region C swimmers packed the local pool from as far away as Lloydminster for the meet and celebration. 64 of the swimmers were from Fort Saskatchewan, being as young as four and as old as 40.
 
According to Bylsma, this year's 64 athletes make up the most participants the local club has seen to date.
 
"It's not just competitive swimming, but offers kids an opportunity to be better swimmers," concluded Bylsma.
 
The Piranhas are registered with the Alberta Summer Swimming Association (ASSA); their season goes from May 1 to mid-August.
 
Swimmeet12Councillor Arjun Randhawa, Piranhas' president J.J. Bylsma and mayor Gale Katchur cut the 60th birthday cake.

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