Thanks for a great season!

Sadly, we’ve come to the end of another summer of swim club – Drummoyne Swimming Club’s 118th!

The season was as wet out of the pool as it was in the pool. We barely had a dry sunny day. Nevertheless, it was a lot of fun and there were plenty of highlights in and out of the water.

Season highlights

Some of the highlights included:

Fantastic performances in the pool

It is hard and a little unfair to single out individuals and individual performances. So apologies to everyone else… but some performances stuck in the mind were:

  • Erica Bhatti taking home multiple trophies
  • Matt Svoboda dominating the open men’s competition
  • Yunos Yacub taking out the Fred Congdon 50m Butterfly Handicap Final
  • All the junior swimmers improving out of sight
A Bhatti Party
Yunos with the Fred Congdon Trophy

Reuniting the BBB trophy with Don Erickson winner from 1944/45

This season a long lost swimmer got back in touch with the club… Mr Don Erickson won the BBB in 1944/45. Don reached out to the club to pass on some great history. The BBB trophy took a trip to Canberra to visit Don and his lovely wife Margaret.

Don Erickson with the George Wheaton BBB trophy which eh won in 1944/45

Battle on the Bay

The afternoon of the Battle on the Bay was, thank all the god’s, a bright and sunny afternoon. The day went off without a hitch and our swimmers did themselves and our club proud. As always the relays were a highlight and our mixed 10 x 50 relay team were did an awesome job to bring home the chocolate trophy!

L-R – David Bolton, Adam Lewis, Will and Lukas Taylor, Lily Borozan, David Smith, Matthew Svoboda, Ziani and Club Captain Tadhg Donnellan. (Dough McFarlane missing from the photo – off eating a Mars Bar apparently)

Ian Thorpe’s visit

What a legend…

Raising more money for Reachout.com

After last year’s efforts to raise funds for Reachout.com with the Laps for Life Challenge, it was difficult to see that our swimmers and benefactors would dig as deep as last year. But, out community of swimmers and their supporters have done it again. We’ve raised over $13k and sit in 6th place in the Team’s Leaderboard. Duncan Lyon has almost $9k and sits proudly in the Individual fundraising stakes. Duncan has also swum 50km (well he is almost there at time writing) over the month.

Thank you

There are too many people to mention by name here but… Thank You to everyone that helped make swim club enjoyable and successful again this season by volunteering their time. From those that helped with timing, to the race officials, to the squad coaches to the committee members and everyone in between, your efforts are very much appreciated.

Upcoming Swim Club Activities

Keep an eye out for…

DateActivity
2 April 2022End of season cruise – contact Shellee Ossen if you want to come along.
14 April 2022Laps for Life fundraising continues…
14 May 2022Presentation night (tentative date)
June – SeptemberWinter Swim Club (subject to pool availability)

See you all again soon.

Week 20: 800M Freestyle Champs and Family Fun Day!

And don’t forget we start at 7:00 this week…

We’ve come to the end of another summer swimming season and it’s time for the annual family fin day races and the 800M Freestyle Championships.

800M Freestyle Championship

First up we have the serious side of things. The 800M Freestyle Championship race is open to everyone. Racing starts at 7:00 sharp.

Family Fun Events

The 800M will be closely followed by our favourite races of the year, including:

  • The thong race – BYO flip flops or grab a pair from the lost property box in the swim club control room before they are donated to charity [there are a few there :-)], and
  • The inflatables race – BYO inflatable Unicorn or other animal or boogie board.
  • The Geribo Cup (Chocolate Trophy) Relay – get your teams together and be ready to nominate your team members first thing on Saturday morning, and
  • The Family Relay – who can know off the Svoboda family this year? Blended families required and welcome…

Breakfast

If you are not lucky enough to be part of the Geribo Cup winning team or you want more for breakfast than chocolate… come along to the Watershed Kitchen after the day’s festivities for a final post swimming breakfast.

Laps for Life 2022!

DSC swimmers are carving up the pool in the Laps for Life Challenge again this summer.

There is still time to support our swimmers raising funds for Reachout.com. So if you have a little spare cash head to our team page and make a donation.

Duncan Lyon and Sueellen Forster got off to a flying start in the fundraising stakes and Georgina Maniscalo and the Sellars boys are coming home strongly as the month progresses! Well done to you all.

Jessica Bell – you really should ask your parents to support you!

Duncan Lyon has set himself a goal of 50km for the month and has already hit 42.2km. Well done Duncan! Will you wear that Ian Thorpe signed Laps for Life cap when you hit the 50km mark?

End of Season Cruise – 2 April 2022

As our Drummoyne Swimming Club season for 21/22 comes to a close, let’s celebrate a great year of swimming.

Book the babysitters for an Adults Only night on the Captain Cook ‘Harbour Bar’ on Saturday April 2nd.

As a special for Drummoyne Swim Club Members, entry onto the boat is only $5 per person (normally $29)

Once on board you simply order food and drinks and pay for yourself.

The boat does 90m circuits around Sydney Harbour stopping at Circular Quay and King Street Wharf.

Itinerary: Depart King St Wharf @ 7pm, Disembark 9 or 10.30 pm.

If you want to join the cruise at another point or time check out the timetable:

RSVP and by Saturday 26th click on this Square tab link or email Shellee Ossen – secretary@drummoyneswimclub.com.au

The Drummoyne Swimming Club Committee hopes to see you there!!!

Thanks to Ian Thorpe for visiting DSC!

Thanks very much to Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe for visiting us at Drummoyne Swimming Club last Saturday.

Ian’s visit was as Patron of REACHOUT.COM as a result of our fundraising efforts in the Laps for Life Challenge.

ReachOut is the most accessed online mental health service for young people and their parents in Australia.

https://about.au.reachout.com/home

Noah Hale, pictured above with Ian was the club’s and Swimming NSW’s largest affiliated fundraiser.

Ian spoke brilliantly about REACHOUT.COM, his experiences and challenges as a swimmer and life in general. He offered some wonderful tips on both swimming and getting the most out of life.

A very attentive crowd for a change!

Little kids and big kids were in awe of Ian.

Canada Bay Cup Winners Crowned!

The Mayor’s Canada Bay Cup was swum and won last Saturday and this year’s champion team were from Drummoyne. Mayor Angelo was happy to hand the trophy over to some locals this summer.

Thanks to Mayor Angelo for presenting the trophy with Ian Thorpe.

The winning Drummoyne team: David Parker, Georgia Romaniuk, Jaxon Lewis, Isabelle Kerr, Azariah Spiteri, Tony Van Scheik, Abigail Kerr and Gavin Tanner

Congratulations to all participants for a well swum race, including to our visitors from the Boolaroo Speers Point Swimming Club on Lake Macquarie.

Week 19: Backstroke Champs, Ian Thorpe and the Canada Bay Cup!

We have a big and varied day at the pool for the second last week of swim club. As well as the regular racing program, we have the great Ian Thorpe visiting us, we have a monster raffle and we have a morning tea.

In the pool

Championship race100M Backstroke Championship
Short distance Freestyle100M Freestyle

Molly Wark & Les Henry U/10 100m Freestyle – Week 6

35 and Over 100m Freestyle – Week 6
Long Distance Event200M Freestyle
RelayThe Mayor’s Canada Bay Cup

We’re joined this year by a group of swimmers from Boolaroo Speers Point Swimming Club on Lake Macquarie.

Mayor Angelo Tsirekas will present the trophy to the winning team.

Out of the pool

Ian Thorpe

Ian Thorpe is visiting us as the Patron of REACHOUT.com after our excellent fund raising efforts last season in the Laps for Life Challenge. Ian will talk about the wonderful work that Reachout.com does on youth mental health. Following that Ian will assist Mayor Angelo to start the Canada Bay Cup and present the trophy. Ian will then stick around for a short while to meet swimmers and pose for photos.

Swimmers from Boolaroo Speers Point swimming club who also raised an extraordinary amount of money in the Laps for Life challenge will be joining us as well. It is great to be able to share Ian’s visit with them.

Huge Raffle

This week we have a huge raffle to close out fund raising efforts for the season: This week’s prizes include:

  • 4 x Box tickets to watch the GWS Giants at Spotless Stadium. This prize has very generously been donated by Channel 7 and is valued at over $1,500.00
  • A Learn to Sail voucher donated by Drummoyne Sailing Club. This is also a great prize and the Learn to Sail course provides an excellent introduction to sailing.
  • A Ribs&Burgers Voucher
  • A box of Vegan Chocolates
  • A pair of Budgy Smugglers
  • A bottle of wine

Morning tea

After swimming we’ll have a morning tea to meet and mingle with Ian and our visitors from Lake Macquarie. Lynette Brown has secured a supply of chocolates. Please bring a plate or cake to share.

Ian Thorpe Visit to Drummoyne Pool this Saturday!

In recognition of the Drummoyne Swimming Club’s stellar fundraising efforts in the 2021 REACHOUT.com Laps for Life Challenge Ian Thorpe AM will be joining us pool side this Saturday the 19th of March from 9:30.

Members, please make sure you and the whole family come along. Invite your friends to come for a swim as well. New swimmers are always welcome.

Who is this Ian Thorpe bloke?

Ian Thorpe is an Australian swimming icon who needs no introduction to most of us over 30s. And a lot of the youngsters will know him from his excellent commentary stints on Olympic broadcasts. Some of the youngsters may not know why us adults are quite so excited about Ian joining us pool side this weekend. So, to help get them up to speed (and to relive some amazing memories) find below a bunch of clips of Ian’s feats.

Ian Thorpe taking out his first Olympic Gold in the 400M Freestyle event at the Sydney Olympics… as a 16 year old
And later that night… Ian Thorpe anchors the Australian 4x 100M relay team to a memorable victory.
Four years later Ian Thorpe went on to win both the 200M and 400M Freestyle events at the Athens Olympics beating Peter van den Hoogenband and Michael Phelps in the 200M race, which was dubbed “The Race of the Century”.

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