Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas Meet This Saturday!

Dress in your festive best and join us for some Christmas fun this Saturday!

We will have some free Christmas snags on BBQ and, if the children are good, we’re hoping that Santa will pay us a visit!

We will also be holding a GIANT Christmas raffle that’s not to be missed, so bring along some ticket money!

Our swimming program this Saturday is as follows:

  • 50m, 30m, 20m Breaststroke Championship
  • 50m, 30m, 20m Freestyle
  • 200m, 4x30m, 4x20m Freestyle

Men’s night out shenanigans!

Some of our Club’s menfolk and their family/friends had a fun night out at Ribs & Burgers (our Major Gold Sponsor) for their yearly social catch up. 

From all reports, the food was sensational. The men who were game enough to take on the baby pork and beef ribs were not disappointed – the best ribs our President has ever had!

Our restaurant host, Phil, kindly provided a welcome drink to the boys, on the house.

A fun evening for all, connecting with new and existing members over a drink and a meal. It was rumoured the Oxford Hotel was revisited afterwards, to discuss swimming techniques in further detail!

Junior Squads – last day Tuesday 17 Dec 19

Junior Squads will wrap up for the year on Tuesday 17th December 2019. They will resume when school returns on Tuesday 28th January 2020.

Junior squads are held in Lanes 1 & 2 every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 6am-7am coached by Phil, Lynette, Maddie and Sarah.

Junior squads are free for our junior members (6yrs upwards including parents) with your swim club membership. Junior squads are open to children who can swim at least 50 metres freestyle. It’s a great way for juniors to keep fit, train for Saturday morning meets and improve for upcoming school carnivals.

Points Lost Memberships Unpaid by 31 Dec 2019

Club Membership and registrations are now OVERDUE! 

If membership is not paid by 31st December 2019 we will be imposing penalties for late payments, which will include the removal of Club points! 

For instructions on joining the Club or renewing your membership, please click here.

For detailed instructions on using the new Swimming NSW Swim Central system, please read “How do I purchase a membership product in Swim Central”.

If you’re having difficulty registering, Michael Donnellan (Club Registrar) will have his laptop poolside on Saturday and is happy to help you navigate through the renewal process. Alternatively you can email Michael on registrar@drummoyneswimclub.com.au.

Meet a Volunteer – Duncan Lyon

Duncan Lyon

For this week’s article on getting to know our club volunteers, we interviewed Life Member, Race Secretary and former Club President, Duncan Lyon.

Q: Duncan – how many years have you been a club member?

A: I first brought my three daughters down to swim at the club in 2006, 13 years ago.

Having grown up in England, I wasn’t a very strong swimmer and had absolutely no intention of racing myself. However, it’s such a welcoming and supportive club that I was persuaded to jump in at the deep end and, after lots of encouragement, I now swim most days of the week!

Q: What motivates you to volunteer each week?

A: Primarily because I enjoy spending Saturday mornings down at such a beautiful pool with my family and a great community of swimmers and I would like to see this successful and historic club continue for many years to come.

I’ve gained a lot of satisfaction in applying my skills to automate races on Saturday mornings and in promoting the Club to new members through our web site and social media during my seven years as Club President and four years as Race Secretary.

Q: What is your favourite memory?

A: Winning the largest trophy at the club in my first season – the Tom Williams 50m Freestyle Handicap!

Never in my wildest dreams as a child in England would I have contemplated winning a trophy at one of the oldest swimming clubs in Australia!

Q: What’s the best thing about Swim Club?

A: The handicap racing format gives everyone a chance to win and makes the club very family-friendly. It’s one of the few sporting clubs in the world where children can race their parents and grandparents every week, with all of them striving to beat each other!

Q: What is your favourite stroke?

A: My most competitive stroke is breaststroke.

In my entire time at the club I have only ever scored a single point in the Club Championships (where there are no handicap starts) and it was in breaststroke!

Q: Who is your favourite swimmer?

A: Australia has lots of talented swimmers, so it’s hard to pick, but one of the gutsiest swims I remember watching was Kieren Perkins win gold in the 1500m freestyle at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta from lane 8, after nearly missing the final due to illness.

Q: What is the next PB (Personal Best time) you are aiming for?

A: I recently attended a swimming clinic which made major improvements to my stroke, taking 20 seconds off my 200m freestyle time! My goal is to qualify for the 400m freestyle by swimming 200m in less than 200 seconds. I’m still some way off but am newly motivated to get there!

Q: Do you have any tips for other swimmers?

A: I’d highly recommend that juniors and seniors attend morning squads. It’s free for members and a great way of maintaining your fitness and endurance for Saturday races.

Other than that, my tip is not to take a swimming tip from a Pommy!

Club Membership is overdue!

Club Membership and registrations are now OVERDUE! 

If membership is not paid by 31st December 2019 we will be imposing penalties for late payments, which will include the removal of Club points! 

For instructions on joining the Club or renewing your membership, please click here.

For detailed instructions on using the new Swimming NSW Swim Central system, please read “How do I purchase a membership product in Swim Central”.

We are aware that some people are having issues trying to link family on Swim Central.  As the program is from Swimming NSW it is best to contact them directly if you’re still having problems. Their contact details are (02) 9763 5833 or admin@nsw.swimming.org.au

Active Kids Vouchers

Drummoyne Swimming Club is registered to accept NSW Government Active Kids vouchers to pay for Club membership fees. However, the Swim Central system does not recognise these vouchers, so you will need to pay your membership fees directly then supply us with your voucher code for us to reimburse you. We are only allowed to reimburse you up to the value of your Club fees.

Please send your Active Kids voucher details to our Club Registrar, Michael Donnellan, at registrar@drummoyneswimclub.com.au. The Club will claim the vouchers on your behalf and reimburse you once the funds have been received.

If you get stuck or have any queries about memberships, please contact our Registrar, Michael Donnellan at registrar@drummoyneswimclub.com.au or mobile 0422 453 322.

Young Adults Night Out – 14 Dec 19

Following the success of the Ladies’ and Men’s Nights, the Young Adults of the club don’t want to miss out and will be holding their own get-together!

The night is a perfect opportunity to get to know new members and connect with existing members and have some fun.

Details for the young adults night:

When: Saturday 14th December 2019 from 7pm

Where: Drummoyne Sailing Club 

What: Young Adults (18 to 30) 

RSVP: Georgia Kirkpatrick-Jones on 0477 677 267 by 30 Nov 2019.

Looking forward to a fun night out!

Meet a Volunteer – Lynette Brown

Last week we started a new series on getting to know our awesome club volunteers because, as you know, our Club is entirely dependant on the selfless help of its volunteers to keep things running smoothly every week. This week the spotlight is being shone on one of our Junior Squad Coaches and Life Member, Lynette Brown.

Q: Lynette – how many years have you been a club member?

A: On and off for 50 years!

Q: What motivates you to volunteer each week?

A: The club relies on volunteers to function every Saturday. I help where I can with timekeeping, help set up and any ad hoc week-to-week duties that need completing. I also thoroughly enjoy seeing the children progress with their swimming and hence this is why I am a swim trainer for the junior members. Junior squads are run every Tuesday and Thursday at 6am at the pool. All junior members (and their parents) are welcome to join!

Q: What is your favourite memory?

A: Watching the children progress with their swimming technique and improving their swimming times are my favourite memories. I have two examples to share; Last year Sienna was the Tom Williams 50m Freestyle winner. I can vividly remember Tom Williams being the marshall (same role as Matt) many years ago. This moment was very special for me. And also last week I felt so proud seeing some of our junior squads members attempt the 100m Butterfly event – you know who you are! This is why I love being a coach.

Q: What’s the best thing about Swim Club?

A: Everyone gets together for fun and exercise and everyone is treated equally.

Q: What is your favourite stroke?

A: Backstroke

Q: Who is your favourite swimmer?

A: Shane Gould

Q: What is the next PB (Personal Best time) you are aiming for?

A: To swim 50m freestyle and backstroke in 60 seconds. I’m so close – only two seconds away!

Q: Do you have any tips for other swimmers?

A: You can always swim no matter how old, young or injured. Swimming is great!

First Championship race for the season

This Saturday we will be racing for the first points in our Club Championship series, starting with the 50m Freestyle sprint.

For Championship races there are no handicaps – everyone starts on “Go” and the fastest swimmer wins! 

Championship events are raced against swimmers in the same age group and gender, with points awarded to the fastest three swimmers in each group.

Race distances are fixed by age group for each stroke, with younger swimmers racing shorter distances. This week the Under 8’s will race 30m Freestyle and Under 6’s 20m Freestyle.  

Championship events are always raced first on Saturday mornings, followed by Handicap races for the other two events of the day. 

You can read more about the Club Championship rules, event structure and points on our Racing page. 

So now is the time to sharpen up your speed and fitness with squad training every weekday morning down at the pool!

Men’s Night Out RSVP – Thurs 5 Dec 19

Our fun night out for the Club’s menfolk is on next week at our Major Gold Sponsor – Ribs & Burgers. Please RSVP ASAP so that we can finalise numbers.

It’s the perfect opportunity to welcome our new members and connect with existing members over some delicious food, washed down by a few refreshments!

Details:

Date: Thursday 5th December 2019

Venue: Ribs & Burgers, 105 Victoria Road, Drummoyne

Time: Start at the Oxford Hotel at 6.30pm for pre-drinks then dinner to follow from 7.30pm

RSVP: Sunday 1st December 2019

All members over 18 years of age are welcome. Please email Adrian Bell on adnj2004@gmail.com to RSVP your attendance.

We hope to see many of you there for an enjoyable night.