Annual Awards Night guests confirmed: Marieke D’Cruz and Mayor Angelo Tsirekas!

Guests speakers are confirmed for the annual awards night…

Guest speakers at the annual awards night will be our very supportive Club Patron and City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas and Marieke D’Cruz (nee Guehrer).

We all know and appreciate Mayor Angelo for the support he personally and Council generally provides to the club and it’s great that he is able to join us for the evening.

While Mayor Angelo is a handy swimmer in his own right and a water polo player, Marieke D’Cruz is from a different realm altogether. Marieke travelled the world swimming for Australia picking up many accolades, medals and records along the way. Some of her many achievements include:

  • World Record Holder 50m Butterfly (short course)
  • World Champion 50m Butterfly (2009 Rome World Championships)
  • Commonwealth Games Gold and Silver Medals
  • Competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Owner of numerous Australian and Commonwealth records

In her spare time Marieke is the President of the Australian Swimmers Association and a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Marieke is married to Jason D’Cruz who some of you may know as he previously swum at Drummoyne. Jason still holds a number of club records.

Please warmly welcome Mayor Angelo and Heather as well as Marieke, Jason and their daughter Camille on the night.

Reminder: Get tickets asap…

Swimmers and their families are invited to come along to Drummoyne Swimming Club’s Annual Awards Evening. Join us for dinner (including burgers and salads by Ribs & Burgers), awards, lucky door prizes, and kids entertainment – including a jumping castle and foosball.

We will also have our world famous dessert competition – so get baking if you want to have a crack at the title of best dessert. Let us know if you are planning to bring a dessert when you book.

When: Saturday 29 May 2021
What time: 5pm to 10pm
Where: Concord Bowling Club, 1A Claremont Avenue CONCORD (in the park next to the Concord Library)
Cost: Adults – $30, Children – $10
Drinks are available to purchase at the bar.

Book Now…

Tickets can be purchased on Trybooking via: https://www.trybooking.com/BJBON

Get in quick because tickets are limited!

Invitation to DSCs Annual Awards Evening

It’s time to celebrate our 2020-21 achievements

Swimmers and their families are invited to come along to Drummoyne Swimming Club’s Annual Awards Evening.

Join us for dinner (including burgers by Ribs & Burgers and salads), awards, lucky door prizes, raffle prizes and kids entertainment – including a jumping castle and foosball.

We will also have our world famous dessert competition – so get baking if you want to have a crack at the title of best dessert. Let us know if you are planning to bring a dessert when you book.

When: Saturday 29 May 2021
What time: 5pm to 10pm
Where: Concord Bowling Club, 1A Claremont Avenue CONCORD (in the park next to the Concord Library)
Cost: Adults – $30, Children – $10
Drinks are available to purchase at the bar.

Book Now…

Tickets can be purchased on Trybooking via: https://www.trybooking.com/BJBON

Get in quick because tickets are limited!

Concord Bowlo even has a foosball table. Who will be the foosball champion?

Winter Training at Ashfield Pool

Drummoyne Pool closed for the season

Sadly, Drummoyne Swimming Centre has closed for the winter… The last of the adult and junior squads of the season have been swum.

A big thank you to Lynette, Phil, Cara and Maddie for pushing the junior swimmers to ever better performances throughout the summer.

And a special thanks to “King” Arthur Fogarty for rolling out the sets for the adult squads.

The last post squad breakfast for 2020-2021 (there was actually swimming before breakfast), clockwise from the left, Duncan Lyon, Michael Donnellan, Sophie O’Brien, Arthur Fogarty, Kylie Donnellan, Adrian Bell and Natalie Borozan

Winter training at Ashfield Pool

If you want to keep up your training there are still options. Adult squad members will continue at Ashfield Pool on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6:00. Everyone is free to come along. Just look out for Arthur, Duncan, Doug, Craig or Liz.

Duncan and Arthur taking selfies (how cute to see two grown men taking selfies…) outside Ashfield Pool on Tuesday after their first off season swim

Reminder about Presentation night, Trophies and Award Eligibility

Presentation Night – Saturday the 29th of May


Keep the date free for our Season 2020-2021 Presentation Night which will be held at the Concord Bowling Club (next to Concord Library) on the evening of Saturday the 29th May 2021.

The night is a great opportunity to catch up with fellow swimmers (with clothes on) and promises to be a lot of fun. We’ll have:

  • Trophies and awards
  • Food by Ribs & Burgers Drummoyne
  • Prizes for the best dessert (as selected by our esteemed judges)
  • A jumping castle for the kids
  • Lucky door and raffle prizes
  • Games for adults and kids
  • DJ

Invitations and booking details will be forthcoming at the end of the month.

James Magnussen at one our previous Presentation Nights.

We need your trophies back…

We’re in the process of getting the trophies engraved but there are a small number that are still sitting on people’s mantle pieces. If you have a trophy please get in touch with Shellee Ossen ASAP (0414 224 466).

Trophy and Award Eligibility

Only paid up members of the club are eligible for end of season trophies and awards. There are a small number of people who are up for prizes that neglected to register for the season. Our Registrar, Michael Donnellan will send out a reminder chasing up last minute registrations. We don’t want anyone to walk away disappointed so please jump on it.

Christian Taylor takes on the best at the Australian Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast

Christian Taylor, Drummoyne Swimming Club champion (and PLC Croydon Swim Club team member), has been mixing it with the big guns of Australian swimming at the Australian Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast.

Christian put in some stellar performances and now has the chance to fight it out for Olympic selection at the Australian Olympic trials in Adelaide in June.

Christians results were:

  • 50m backstroke – placed 11th in the 18-21 year age group – Time of 27.46s
  • 100m backstroke – placed 6th in the final of the 18-19 year age group – Time of 58.20s (qualifies him to swim at the Australian Olympic trials in Adelaide in June)
  • 200m backstroke – placed 9th in the final of the 18-19 year age group – Time of 2.10.85
  • 100m freestyle – placed 16th in 18-19 year age group – Time of 52.67
  • 50m freestyle – placed 15th in 18-19 year age group – Time of 23.88s

Congratulations to Christian and the Taylors!

DSC takes out 2 top prizes in Swimming NSW Laps for Life Challenge!

Our efforts in raising funds for ReachOut Australia in the Laps for Life Challenge have been recognised by Swimming NSW by the award of 2 of the top prizes.

Drummoyne Swimming Club raised the most money of all the Swimming NSW affiliated clubs that participated. The prize for this achievement is a club visit from Ian Thorpe AM. We’re currently in discussion with Ian Thorpe’s management team about an appropriate time for the visit. Keep an eye out for more details about this as they come to hand.

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge and to everyone who donated to this great cause.

There were some very generous last minute donations that ensured we stayed at the top of the SNSW leader board and fought off the spirited challenge from the Boolaroo / Speers Point Swimming Club from Lake Macquarie.

As well as taking out the top Club prize we also had the top fund raised amongst SNSW Club members in Noah Hale. For his exemplary fundraising efforts Noah has been awarded a training session at SOPAC Homebush with Adam Kable the NSWIS Olympic Park Hub High Performance Coach and members of the Australian Dolphins Swim Team.

Whilst Noah achieved the top spot on the SNWS individuals leader board he certainly wasn’t the only DSC swimmer to raise an extraordinary sum of money. He was closely followed by Cohen van Loo and all our other DSC participants who included Davina Kite, April Horton, Narelle Horton, Emily Horton, Georgina Maniscalco, Oscar Hale, Lois Waller, Olivia Nichols, Ruby Nichols, Eliza O’Neil and Adrian Bell.

Courtesy Swimming NSW website

Overall $2.1M was raised for ReachOut in the Laps for Life Challenge by some 7000 participants nation wide.

The Geribo Cup and end of Season Family Fun Day

The Geribo Cup

The last meet of the season was a lot of fun. We broke all records for the biggest chocolate trophy to ever grace the deck of the Drummoyne Pool. Thanks to Jodie van Loo for spending the hours to make it – and for keeping her boys Cohen and Lincoln away from it.

Jodie was somewhat bemused when Cohen and Lincoln along with Noah and Oscar Hale swum the race of their lives to win the trophy meaning all that chocolate was headed back to their house… The boys took 8 seconds off their heat time in pursuit of the chocolate in the final. Well done!

Thanks very much to Life Member Jan Hammond for presenting the trophy to the winners.

The 2021 Geribo Cup

Boogie Board and Novelty Races

The kids all had fun with the boogie board and other novelty races but not as much fun as Adam Christodoulou who MC’d the events. Adam took great delight disqualifying Matthew Svoboda in the thong race.

Eliza O’Neil and Ruby Nichols in a combo boogie board and unicorn
Off and racing in the boogie board race.

800m Freestyle Championship

The novelty events followed 4 heats of the 800m Freestyle Championship. Jessica Bell and Sienna Joshi-Kraus obviously didn’t swim hard enough as they were all smiles after a tight finish.

Jessica Bell and Sienna Joshi-Kraus after a tight finish in the 800m championship

Great results for DSC kids at School and representative carnivals!

Drummoyne Swim Club kids have been busy at school and representative carnivals over the last month. This is a summary of some of the great results they achieved.

All Hallows Five Dock

Isaac McManus and Fletcher Williams cleaned up at the All Hallows swimming carnival. They took out 1st or 2nd place between them in every event. Great work boys!

St Mark’s Drummoyne

The Romaniuk kiddies lead the way at St Mark’s with Georgie and Esther putting in strong performances. Georgia qualified for the 50m Freestyle and 50m Freestyle Relay at Zone. She then proceeded on to the Regional Carnival and did a PB.

Esther, not to be outdone by her younger sister qualified for zone in 100m Freestyle, 200m IM, 50m breaststroke, 50m backstroke, 50m Butterfly (take a breath) and the freestyle relay. She then swum her way to regionals for the 50m and 100m Freestyle, the 50m breaststroke and the 50m Butterfly plus the relay. Esther made her way to the State trials for 50m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke and swum PBs in those events.

Esther Romaniuk

Drummoyne Public School

Across the road at Drummoyne Public School Abigail Kerr took out the Junior Girls title at the school carnival and won her 50m Freestyle event at the zone carnival. Moving on to regionals Abi swum another PB and came home all smiles.

Abigail Kerr

The Howard boys did their best shark impersonations with Will coming in second in the 8years 50m Freestyle and heading off to Zone for that event. Big brother Hayden was the Junior Boys Champion and at both the school and zone carnivals and made it to Regionals in the 50m freestyle.

Sydney Secondary College – Balmain

Jaxon Lewis continued in his father’s large footsteps and took out the breaststroke race at Sydney Secondary College and went on to compete at zone.

Rosebank College

At Rosebank, Lily Borozan beat all comers in her age group to be age champion. Lily went on to win 3 individual events and the relay at the SCC carnival and competed at the NSWCCC (Combined Catholic Colleges) carnival in 5 events.

LIly Borozan at Homebush

St Mary’s Cathedral School

Club Captain Tadhg Donnellan flew the club’s colours at St Mary’s and qualifies for the CCC representative carnival in both the 4 x 50m freestyle relay and 4 x 50m IM relay.

On another note, Tadhg also recently finished 6th at the Huskisson Super Sprint triathlon.

Tadhg at Huskisson

Russell Lea Public School

Russell Lea ventured to Sydney University this year for their swimming carnival. Held indoors, a last minute relaxing of COVID restrictions meant a limited number of parent volunteers could attend. Needless to say, but the school office now knows, there is a high level of parent interest, particularly from those who attend DSC on any given Saturday. 

It was great to see almost 30 students students with Drummoyne Swim Club experience get in the pool and swim with such confidence and inner belief that has grown from their weekly squad training and Saturday morning club events.

From the successful school carnival there were 23 students representing Russell Lea at the Western Suburbs PSSA held at Auburn Aquatic centre. A record number of representatives and the strongest performance in the schools short swimming carnival history.

A lot of DSC faces in this contingent of RLPS zone swimmers

Achieving 2nd place as a School in the proportional point score – with many top 15 places and individual success for Skye Lewis who won the U8’s 50m Freestyle (by a massive 2.2secs!)  and Russell Lea’s first ever successful Senior Girls relay led by Jessica Bell, Charlotte & Elizabeth Allan and Willow Meares (who promises to come to DSC next summer) taking first place. Both Skye and the relay team were fortunate enough to compete at regionals the following week at Homebush Aquatic centre coming in 19th, and 9th overall. 

Jessica Bell, Elizabeth Allen, Charlotte Allen and Willow Meares (future DSC swimmer)

Apologies if we have missed out any kids from this write up. Parents, please pass on any details and photos for wrap up Part 2.

Week 22: The 800m Championships, Family Fun Day and Past Members’ Morning Tea!

Well, we’ve reached the end of another season of swim club and to finish off we have the 800m Freestyle Open Championship and our Family Fun Day.

800m Open Championship

The 800m Championship is open to all ages, for anyone who can complete the 16 lap distance.

The 800m races start at 7am sharp, so please sign-in and arrive by 6.45am if you wish to enter.

Family Fun Day

The Family Fun Day will commence after the 800m Championships, which we expect to be around 8am. You can plan to arrive at this time if you’re not swimming in the 800m event.

Note: If you’re only planning to swim in the Fun Day events, but not the 800m Championship event, please only sign-in for the Fun Day on Team App for COVID tracking purposes when you arrive at the pool (eg. around 8am) so that we can separately identify swimmers entering the 800m event.

The Fun Day races include:

  • Family Relay – 4 x 50m freestyle relay for family groups (or combinations thereof)
  • Geribo Cup Relay – 4 x 50m freestyle relay for the tastiest trophy of the season, made from pure chocolate!
  • Over and under race
  • Boogie board race (BYO boogie board, lilo or other fab floaty)
  • Thong race (BYO thongs)

The Peacock – a perfect vehicle for the Boogie Board race: not sure what happened to the jockey…

The Geribo Cup

The highlight of the morning will be the Geribo Cup. Named after legendary squad coach Norma Geribo, the Geribo Cup is ever changing but one thing is always a given, the trophy is made of chocolate. This season Jodie van Loo is planning a chocolate extravaganza so make sure you’ve got your entry sorted.

Email president@drummoyneswimclub.com.au with your team or by yourself and we’ll slot you into a team.

2019 Geribo Cup winners with the big prize: Simon Howard, Mark Colley, Matthew Ellis and Matt O’Connor

Past members’ morning tea

Don’t forget that this Saturday we’ve got our past members morning tea. All former swimmers are welcome to come along for morning tea and to swim. The morning tea will commence at the completion of the 800m races – so approximately 8am and will run for the rest of the morning.