Week 4: The Start of Trophy Season

This week swim club starts to get a little bit more serious with with the heats for the first trophy of the season – the Geoff Roper 200m Freestyle Handicap trophy.

Last year’s winner was one of our fastest swimmers in Andrew Sharpe but, as with any handicap race, the winner could be anyone. Junior swimmers who are improving quickly have an especially good shot at taking home this silverware.

Our races this week are:

George Wheaton BBB entries

Next week we will be holding heats for our 2nd trophy race of the season – the wonderful George Wheaton BBB handicap race.

BBB is short for Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly.  It’s a unique event in which competitors race each other with different “B” strokes in the same race on handicap.  So  a swimmer in one lane may swim Butterfly, another Breaststroke and a third Backstroke!

To seed the event, we need to know which “B” stroke you will swim.  You must have already completed a 50m Time Trial for your chosen stroke, so if you’re new to the Club this season, choose a stroke for which you’ve already set a time.

To nominate your B-stroke please complete the form at the end of this link – https://forms.gle/VrzZWEb7Z5T8oeh38

Best of luck to our HSC students

The HSC is upon us and a number of our swimmers are now sitting their exams. Best of luck to them all!

Club Captain Nominations – Last Chance!

Thanks to the following people who have nominated to stand as Club Captains this season:

Girls

  • Cara Parker
  • Hannah Svoboda
  • Rosie Tunstall

Boys

  • Joseph Colley
  • Matthew Svoboda
  • Tadhg Donnellan


We’ll be holding election for male and female Club Captains this coming Saturday 24 October 2020.

If you didn’t get a chance to nominate but would still like to do so, please feel free to drop Adrian Bell a message by email president@drummoyneswimclub.com.au or phone 0424 561 831.

Final nominations will close 7:00am on Saturday the 24th October 2020.

Club Captains are a fundamental part of the Club and valued by all members.

The key responsibilities of the Club Captains include:

Attendance – Regular attendance every Saturday.
Assistance – Regularly assists to help run races very Saturday morning. Arrives on time to help set up and stays to help pack up.
Role model – Acts responsibly and is a role model for all DSC Juniors.
Battle on the Bay (BOB) – Assists in all facets of BOB including organising juniors in their heats and relays. Masters of the cheerleading.

Thanks very much to Cara Parker and Joseph Colley who were our Club Captains for last season.

COVID-Safety at Swim Club

Happily COVID-19 case numbers in NSW continue to remain low and certain restrictions continue to be lifted. Group booking limits at restaurants, for example, are due to increase from 10 to 30 as of 23 October 2020. This bodes well for the club holding our annual men’s and women’s social nights in the not too distant future.

Restrictions at the pool however continue to remain in force per our COVID Safety Plan.

Until further guidance is issued by the NSW Government and Swimming NSW we’ll need to continue with our revised marshalling arrangements, the use of sanitiser, minimising spectators to parents and / or caregivers (ensuring that all spectators are registered via Team App) and most importantly social distancing in the stand. The most recent advice from the NSW CHO is:

“More than one parent may now attend community sporting activities if physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres can be maintained between people that are not from the same household.”

Dr Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer NSW Ministry of Health​

Pool management are generally happy with the way we have managed our activities so far this season. The only negative comments we’ve had are about social distancing.

By way of an example of what might happen if pool management and/or Council want to crack down on swimming related activities we only need to look as far as the City of Sydney. As can be seen in this Sydney Morning Herald article a totally different approach to COVID-Safety has been adopted at City of Sydney pools. Interestingly these pools are, like Drummoyne Pool, managed by Belgravia Leisure.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/no-such-thing-as-a-casual-dip-as-sydney-pool-rules-favour-lap-swimmers-20201016-p565tv.html

So, per our COVID-Safety plan let’s ensure that we maintain appropriate social distancing of 1.5m or more between family groups.

The Club’s COVID Safety Plan has been published to our website here. In a nutshell our COVID-Safety Plan is:

Have fun, but… be safe and protect others! Arrive ready to swim; Register your attendance using Team App (swimmers and spectators); Get in, Swim, Get out; Follow social distancing rules; Sanitise and wash your hands; Minimise use of the amenities; Don’t share equipment, food or drinks and Go home when you’re done.

Find us on Team App

Please don’t come to swimming if you’re sick or if you’ve been to a designated hot spot within the timelines shown in the NSW Govt. guidelines.

For more information, please read the Club’s COVID Safety Plan.

FREE Club T-Shirt for first 50 Junior Members thanks to Inspirations Paint!

Registrations are now officially open for season 2020/2021.

Thanks to our new sponsor Inspirations Paint Five Dock, a free club tee shirt will be provided to the first 50 junior (U16 and below) members who join up!

Members can join the Club or renew their membership at the Swimming NSW Swim Central portal: https://swimcentral.swimming.org.au.

NSW Active Kids vouchers can now be redeemed online in the registration process.

More information and instructions can be found on the Club’s Fees and Registration page.

If you have any issues or questions, please contact our Club Registrar, Michael Donnellan on registrar@drummoyneswimclub.com.au or mobile 0422 453 322.

Reminder about Adult Squads – Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Just a reminder that the club runs Adult Squads on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

Squads start at 6:00 am on Monday and Wednesday and 5:30 am on Fridays for those early birds who want to get in some extra training before racing on Saturday.

Squads are in Lane 1 and 2.

It would be good to see a few more swimmers on Mondays and Wednesdays in particular.

Junior squads are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 am.

Costume order from Delfina

We’re placing an order with our costume supplier Delfina and need to confirm order numbers for costumes. So, if you are in the market for a new costume please read on…

The options are:
– Boys / Mens swim brief ($45)
– Boy’s / Mens jammer ($50)
– Girls / Ladies Open Back costume ($65)

A few things to note:

We need to order a minimum of 5 x pieces per costume. If we don’t make the minimum quota for any particular style we’ll be in touch to discuss an alternative.

Be sure to check out the size guide before making your selection as we are placing a special order and returns to Delfina will not be possible. We’ll try and arrange to on sell the garment to another club member if possible.

Note that experience from our first order suggests that sizing is on the small side (ladies costumes in particular). So go for a bigger size if you’re not sure. For certainty, talk to a club member who has a costume about sizing or check out the stock that we hold at a Saturday race.

To place your order click here.

Payments must be made via EFT or by Credit Card or cash at Swimming Club.

EFT details are:
Account Name: Drummoyne Amateur Swimming Club
BSB: 732-182
Acc No: 070 045

Please add a reference: “[Surname] Costume Order”.

The deadline for orders and payment is 23 October 2020.

Reminder: Registrations are now open!

Registrations are now officially open for season 2020/2021.

Thanks to our new sponsor Inspirations Paint Five Dock, a free club tee shirt will be provided to the first 50 junior (U16 and below) members who join up! We’re getting close to that number already so please jump on to Swim Central asap so your kids don’t miss out.

Members can join the Club or renew their membership at the Swimming NSW Swim Central portal: https://swimcentral.swimming.org.au.

NSW Active Kids vouchers can now be redeemed online in the registration process.

More information and instructions can be found on the Club’s Fees and Registration page.

If you have any issues or questions, please contact our Club Registrar, Michael Donnellan on registrar@drummoyneswimclub.com.au or mobile 0422 453 322.