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 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.

Save the dates for upcoming Swim Club events

Keep an eye out and save the dates for the following swim club activities:

Presentation Night

Our Season 2020-2021 Presentation night will be held at the Concord Bowling Club (next to Concord Library) on the evening of Saturday the 29th May 2021.

The night promises to be a lot of fun. We’ll have:

  • Trophies and awards
  • Food by Ribs N Burgers
  • Dessert contest (judged by our wonderful sponsor Gladys Mallqui of Veeva Property Group, Life Member and dessert connoisseur James Simmons and a special guest judge who we can’t reveal yet. James for one will be taking bribes ahead of the contest)
  • A jumping Castle for the kids
  • Monster raffle and prizes
  • Games for adults and kids
  • DJ

Invitations with full details will be sent out ahead of the event.

Winter Swim Club

Thanks to everyone who completed the survey about winter swimming at swim club a few weeks back. The results showed that too much swimming is never enough for DSC members.

So, we plan on running 4 x winter swim club meets over the winter period.

As with previous years Winter Swim Club meets are likely to be held at the Riverview College Indoor Pool on Sunday afternoons and will be held once a month from June through to September.

More details will be provided once available.

Former President Tim Doolan and Club Captain Rosie Tunstall at the Riverview Indoor Pool

New Club Constitution

The Club committee has been reviewing our constitution – which is now a little out of date and overdue for a revamp.

David Parker has kindly done the pro bono work and drafted a new document for us.

We’ll be circulating a copy to all members ahead of the Presentation Night which will also act as an extraordinary general meeting.

Members will have the opportunity to vote on adopting the constitution at the event *.

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday the 23rd August 2021. All members are encouraged to attend and participate.

If you are interested in joining the committee or helping out with the running of the club please feel free to contact Adrian Bell on 0424 561 831 in advance of the AGM.

More information about the proposed new constitution and the AGM will follow.

* voting on the constitution may or may not be a pre-requisite to obtaining dessert 🙂

Laps for Life: DSC raising funds for youth mental health!

DSC continues to sit in top spot on the Swimming NSW Club fundraising Laps for Life Leader board. We’re also the 15th highest fundraising team nationally!

As at the time of writing we’ve raised an extraordinary $6,241, swimming 2,362 laps!

That’s over 147 x 800m Freestyle Championship races!!

Thank you to all the swimmers who are participating and to all those who have donated.

There is not long to go now so please keep up the laps and keep hunting for donations for a very good cause.

All monies raised are going to ReachOut Australia.

Week 21: 100m Backstroke Championship!

The bad news is that this Saturday is our last week of standard racing… but the good news is that we have one further week with the 800m and the Geribo Cup (the Chocolate trophy relay).

This week’s racing consists of:

  • 100m Backstroke Championship
  • 100m Freestyle, inclusive of week 6 of the Molly Wark & Les Henry U/10 trophies and the Over 35 plate trophies.
  • 200m Freestyle

Weather this weekend… It’s raining Chupa Chups

The weather forecast for Saturday is perfect for swimming so don’t miss out. Kids, don’t let your parents talk you into having a sleep in because you will miss the chance to win another Chupa Chup extravaganza.

Fun Photo of the week

Reminder: our past members morning tea is coming up soon…

Open invitation to all past members of Drummoyne Swimming Club…

Reminder that we’re having a morning tea for past members at our final swim meet of the year.

All past swimmers are invited to please join us for a morning tea on Saturday the 27th of March 2021.

We would be especially pleased to welcome any Life Members who can make it along for the event.

We’ll supply the tea, coffee and croissants and you supply the stories of past glories!

Don’t forget to bring your togs and have a swim if you wish!

Please return all trophies for engraving!

As the season draws to a close we are turning our attention to the Presentation Night. Barring a major COVID-19 outbreak we are planning to have the Presentation Night on Saturday the 29th of May at the Concord Bowling Club.

More details about the event will follow in coming weeks.

One of the first things we need to do in preparation for the Presentation Night is to get all the trophies off to be engraved, courtesy of our Gold Sponsor Veeva Property Group.

So, if you have a trophy at home please bring it back to the club room this weekend.

Thanks a million!