Club Membership is overdue!

Club Membership and registrations are now OVERDUE! 

If membership is not paid by 31st December 2019 we will be imposing penalties for late payments, which will include the removal of Club points! 

For instructions on joining the Club or renewing your membership, please click here.

For detailed instructions on using the new Swimming NSW Swim Central system, please read “How do I purchase a membership product in Swim Central”.

We are aware that some people are having issues trying to link family on Swim Central.  As the program is from Swimming NSW it is best to contact them directly if you’re still having problems. Their contact details are (02) 9763 5833 or admin@nsw.swimming.org.au

Active Kids Vouchers

Drummoyne Swimming Club is registered to accept NSW Government Active Kids vouchers to pay for Club membership fees. However, the Swim Central system does not recognise these vouchers, so you will need to pay your membership fees directly then supply us with your voucher code for us to reimburse you. We are only allowed to reimburse you up to the value of your Club fees.

Please send your Active Kids voucher details to our Club Registrar, Michael Donnellan, at registrar@drummoyneswimclub.com.au. The Club will claim the vouchers on your behalf and reimburse you once the funds have been received.

If you get stuck or have any queries about memberships, please contact our Registrar, Michael Donnellan at registrar@drummoyneswimclub.com.au or mobile 0422 453 322.

Young Adults Night Out – 14 Dec 19

Following the success of the Ladies’ and Men’s Nights, the Young Adults of the club don’t want to miss out and will be holding their own get-together!

The night is a perfect opportunity to get to know new members and connect with existing members and have some fun.

Details for the young adults night:

When: Saturday 14th December 2019 from 7pm

Where: Drummoyne Sailing Club 

What: Young Adults (18 to 30) 

RSVP: Georgia Kirkpatrick-Jones on 0477 677 267 by 30 Nov 2019.

Looking forward to a fun night out!

Meet a Volunteer – Lynette Brown

Last week we started a new series on getting to know our awesome club volunteers because, as you know, our Club is entirely dependant on the selfless help of its volunteers to keep things running smoothly every week. This week the spotlight is being shone on one of our Junior Squad Coaches and Life Member, Lynette Brown.

Q: Lynette – how many years have you been a club member?

A: On and off for 50 years!

Q: What motivates you to volunteer each week?

A: The club relies on volunteers to function every Saturday. I help where I can with timekeeping, help set up and any ad hoc week-to-week duties that need completing. I also thoroughly enjoy seeing the children progress with their swimming and hence this is why I am a swim trainer for the junior members. Junior squads are run every Tuesday and Thursday at 6am at the pool. All junior members (and their parents) are welcome to join!

Q: What is your favourite memory?

A: Watching the children progress with their swimming technique and improving their swimming times are my favourite memories. I have two examples to share; Last year Sienna was the Tom Williams 50m Freestyle winner. I can vividly remember Tom Williams being the marshall (same role as Matt) many years ago. This moment was very special for me. And also last week I felt so proud seeing some of our junior squads members attempt the 100m Butterfly event – you know who you are! This is why I love being a coach.

Q: What’s the best thing about Swim Club?

A: Everyone gets together for fun and exercise and everyone is treated equally.

Q: What is your favourite stroke?

A: Backstroke

Q: Who is your favourite swimmer?

A: Shane Gould

Q: What is the next PB (Personal Best time) you are aiming for?

A: To swim 50m freestyle and backstroke in 60 seconds. I’m so close – only two seconds away!

Q: Do you have any tips for other swimmers?

A: You can always swim no matter how old, young or injured. Swimming is great!

First Championship race for the season

This Saturday we will be racing for the first points in our Club Championship series, starting with the 50m Freestyle sprint.

For Championship races there are no handicaps – everyone starts on “Go” and the fastest swimmer wins! 

Championship events are raced against swimmers in the same age group and gender, with points awarded to the fastest three swimmers in each group.

Race distances are fixed by age group for each stroke, with younger swimmers racing shorter distances. This week the Under 8’s will race 30m Freestyle and Under 6’s 20m Freestyle.  

Championship events are always raced first on Saturday mornings, followed by Handicap races for the other two events of the day. 

You can read more about the Club Championship rules, event structure and points on our Racing page. 

So now is the time to sharpen up your speed and fitness with squad training every weekday morning down at the pool!

Men’s Night Out RSVP – Thurs 5 Dec 19

Our fun night out for the Club’s menfolk is on next week at our Major Gold Sponsor – Ribs & Burgers. Please RSVP ASAP so that we can finalise numbers.

It’s the perfect opportunity to welcome our new members and connect with existing members over some delicious food, washed down by a few refreshments!

Details:

Date: Thursday 5th December 2019

Venue: Ribs & Burgers, 105 Victoria Road, Drummoyne

Time: Start at the Oxford Hotel at 6.30pm for pre-drinks then dinner to follow from 7.30pm

RSVP: Sunday 1st December 2019

All members over 18 years of age are welcome. Please email Adrian Bell on adnj2004@gmail.com to RSVP your attendance.

We hope to see many of you there for an enjoyable night.

George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap Final

The results of the final for the George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap held on 23 November 2019 were as follows:

ID Name Stroke Position
1476 Isaac MCMANUS Backstroke 1
1191 Matthew SVOBODA Breaststroke 2
1495 Elizabeth ALLAN Butterfly 3
1491 Daire HENDERSON Breaststroke 4
128 Gerry TIBBERTSMA Breaststroke 5

Winner: Isaac MCMANUS

 

We were delighted to have the Wheaton family along to start the race and present the trophy to the winner.

Family to present George Wheaton BBB trophy

The final for the George Wheaton 50m BBB handicap race will be held this Saturday and is one of the most hotly contested and historic trophy races of the season!

George Wheaton was a former secretary of Drummoyne Swimming Club who tragically died after racing his four sons in a “Father and Son” race at the Club in 1937. His last surviving son, Noel, who was racing with his father that day, would keenly follow the results of the race each year before he sadly passed away six years ago.

George Wheaton
The only known photo of George Wheaton.

The BBB is a unique race in which the competitors race against each other swimming their favourite “B” stroke – Breaststroke, Backstroke or Butterfly!

The names of the finalists for this year’s race, including the ‘B’ stroke they will be swimming, are listed here.

We are delighted that members of George Wheaton‘s family will attend the final this Saturday to present the BBB trophy to the winner, including George Wheaton “Junior”, the great great grandson of the trophy’s namesake.

Meet a Volunteer – Maria Kirkpatrick-Jones

Our Club is entirely dependant on the selfless help of its volunteers to keep things running smoothly every week. So it’s time shine the spotlight on some of our key contributors, who are there through rain and shine, starting with our Head Timekeeper, Maria Kirkpatrick-Jones.

Q: Maria – how many years have you been a club member?

A; Since 2013. My seventh season!

Q: What motivates you to volunteer each week?

A: The club relies on volunteers to function every Saturday. My kids get so much out of attending Drummoyne Swimming Club and this is my way of contributing. Great way to make new friends and feel like part of the club.

Q: What is your favourite memory?

A: Lots of great memories – it is always special to see your child win a trophy race – especially when they are not the fastest swimmer. It’s very encouraging for them to have a chance at winning through the handicaps and it really builds their confidence and inspires them to do their best.

Q: What’s the best thing about Swim Club?

A: It’s a great way to start your Saturday morning! It’s a fantastic location, with a great community atmosphere and I get to spend time with my kids.

Q: What is your favourite stroke?

A: Is there a stroke for pressing the timers? Have I told you I am not a swimmer? (Although one day I will work up to doing a 50m freestyle time-trial – now I’ve said I’ll have to follow though!)

Q: Who is your favourite swimmer?

A: Hard to choose just one – I love seeing the young ones come up from doing the 20m swims to the 50m+ races against the adults.

Q: What is the next PB (Personal Best time) you are aiming for?

A: My PB is to get the times on both timers exactly the same for the majority of races – I have long way to go!

Q: Do you have any tips for other swimmers?

A: Are non-swimmers qualified to give tips to swimmers? How about a tip for timekeepers? Always remember to note if you don’t have a swimmer for a race otherwise you’ll be recording the times against the incorrect race numbers.