Drummoyne Swimming Club is sad to learn of the recent passing of Noel Wheaton, the last surviving son of George Wheaton. George was a former Treasurer of the Club and a prominent swimming official. His four sons, George, Neville, Noel, and Lindsay, were all members of the Club.
George Wheaton tragically collapsed and died after racing in a “Father and Son” race at the Club in 1937 at the age of 53. Noel swam in his father’s final 220 yard handicap race and went on to be a successful swimmer in his own right, swimming into his 90’s.
The George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap Trophy is one of the most hotly-contested events of the year, in which swimmers race against each other with different form strokes – Breaststroke, Backstroke or Butterfly – in the same race.
This year’s “BBB” Final will be contested on 30 November 2013 with a poignant memory of George and his sons.