The annual Forest Feast AquaSprint Junior Swimming League sees more than 1,500 young swimmers from 25 clubs across Ulster.
They include Dungannon Swimming Club and compete in a series of league fixtures in four divisions, culminating in eagerly anticipated league finals in June.
Hotly tipped to be a future Olympic Games contender, Commonwealth Junior Swimming Champion Conor Ferguson and Butterfly Junior Irish record holder Emma Reid, joined young swimmers in Bangor Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex to officially launch the partnership renewal and 30th anniversary celebrations.
Swim Ulster co-ordinates the gala which sees clubs compete against each other in Medley and Freestyle relays as well as 25m Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Freestyle events.
“The league has a long history of nurturing stars of the future. There is always a wealth of talent on display, with many of Northern Ireland’s elite swimmers, such as Emma and Conor, starting their journey on an AquaSprint team” stated Linda Stoops of Swim Ulster.
The gala is a true celebration which sees an entourage of coaches, mascots and supporters travel to the numerous events - a level of commitment that is unprecedented in junior swimming.
“Swim Ulster is delighted to have the continued support of this healthy snack brand to sponsor and showcase the league. And we are sure that 2016 will be one of the most colourful and hotly contended to date” concluded Linda.
Young Dungannon swimmers are included in the accompanying photographs.