Newcastle's Lambton Pool hosts Sydney swimwear company for retro commercial video shoot | Topics

A Sydney-based swimwear company has released an advertisement video for their 2018 summer collection that was shot at Lambton Pool. 

Camp Cove Swim is owned and operated by former St. Pius X and St Francis Xavier student Katherine Hampton. 

She launched the label in 2013 and the company’s first collection dropped in October of that year.

Joining forces with shoot director Karl Warwick-Pearson, also of Newcastle, they decided to film at the location after recalling fond memories of growing up in the area. 

“As both Karl and myself have lived in the New Lambton area before the location was a familiar one to us both,” Ms Hampton said.

“Growing up and going to school in Newcastle gave me nostalgic ties to the pool as well with fond memories of school swimming carnivals and hot, sticky days spent at the pool.

“The diving block and boards have such a unique, retro look to them and both Karl and I knew that it would show up beautifully shot on 16mm film.”

Ms Hampton started the label with a desire to fulfill a gap in the market for “responsibly-made, quality swimwear with vintage-inspired styling” and developed the belief that their must be women out there seeking similar styles that she was.

Both Australian designed and made, the swimwear has a retro theme and the company’s advertising videos have all been of a similar nature so far.

“In all our imagery we try to break down the traditional stereotypes of women’s swimwear of being glamorous and static, a tall/thin model lying by the pool for example,” Ms Hampton said. 

“Instead, we replace it with naturally beautiful women having fun, being active and expressing themselves whilst wearing our cossies.

“A diving board may usually instill fear in most women in terms of potentially losing their swimsuits in the process of the dive!

“But we aimed to demonstrate that our swimwear is for swimming, diving, surfing and going down water slides, not just poolside glamour.”

The film crew managed to avoid the summer crowds by shooting in September last year. 

Check the video out on the Newcastle Herald website. 

True champion to carry the baton

There’s just over 80 days left until the start of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, but there’s only 22 remaining until the Queen’s Baton Relay hits town.

On Saturday, February 3, the relay will pass through the city of Newcastle.

Among those running along Newcastle Foreshore is 13-year-old Jye Dinsdale of Caves Beach. 

Jye has Asperger syndrome and an auditory processing disorder, but the Hunter School of Performing Arts student is a true champion of the Hunter.

After his father’s best-mate was diagnosed with brain cancer, Jye took it upon himself to organise a charity soccer match at his old school St Patrick’s Primary in Swansea. 

On the day, they raised over $600 – but that wasn’t good enough for young Jye.

So he set about organising a fundraiser last year with the help of Caves Beach Hotel where over $22,000 was raised for the Mark Hughes Foundation. 

“He’s been sent his uniform [for the relay] and looks at it everyday,” Jye’s father John Dinsdale said. “But he’s not allowed to put it on until the day.”

“He runs at 8.30 in the morning, starting at Customs House along the foreshore and down to the Museum.”

“He’s been monitoring it ever since [the relay commenced]; all the countries its been in and it’s now back up on the Gold Coast he tells us.

“He’s even got the map on his bedroom wall of where it goes.”

Jye was recently nominated for the Fred Hollows Award  and received the runner-up achievement. 

Other baton bearers taking part in the Hunter include wheelchair athlete Christie Dawes, swimmer Maddi Elliott, surfer Jade Wheatley and ex-Knight Alex McKinnon.