The George Wheaton BBB trophy visits Canberra!

Don Erickson BBB winner from 1944/45

You may recall a post from earlier in the season about the club being contacted recently by Don Erickson who won the George Wheaton BBB trophy in 1944/45. Don’s family were amongst the very early Drummoyne Amateur Swimming Club members and keen swimmers and water polo players.

Don, who is now 91 years young, lives in Canberra and doesn’t get up to Sydney often. But, as chance would have it, the U14 Drummoyne Devils team played a tournament in Canberra last weekend. Jessica Bell, club swimmer and Devil in disguise took the opportunity to reunite the trophy with one of its very early winners.

Don was excited to to see the trophy and Don and his wife Margaret hosted Jessica and Debbie for afternoon tea. Turns out Don and Margaret both went to Russell Lea Infants School.

Jessica and Don with the George Wheaton BBB Trophy

Thanks to this season’s winner, Felix Sharp, for kindly giving up the Trophy for a week and allowing it to travel to Canberra.

An historical note – the Erickson family

We’ve recently been contacted by former Club member Donald Erickson, who is now 91 and living in Canberra.

The Erickson family have a long connection with the Club, dating back to our very early years.

Don’s Grandfather, a Norwegian migrant, raised five sons and three daughters in Drummoyne. Four of the boys were Club members. Don’s uncle Albert Erickson was Club Captain circa 1915 and his father Bertie Erickson was Club Captain in 1918.

Don joined DASC in 1940 and won his first trophy in 1941 – in the 33 yard handicap.

Don went on to win the George Wheaton BBB Memorial Trophy in 1944-45 and his name is still on it!

Photo of the 1911 Water Polo Team with Erickson family members.

George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap – Finalists

The finalists for the George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap to be held on 27 November 2021 are as follows:

IDNameStroke
1510Camille BOROZANBreaststroke
1603Felix SHARPBreaststroke
1113Jaxon LEWISButterfly
1590Sienna JOSHI-KRAUSBackstroke
1512Casey VAN LOOButterfly
1604Maya OSTAPENKOBreaststroke
1495Elizabeth ALLANButterfly
1191Matthew SVOBODABreaststroke
375Matthew ELLISBreaststroke
770Lukas TAYLORButterfly

Coming up this week… BBB Heats and 400 Freestyle

A big morning of swimming!

First up this week we have a 50m freestyle. This will be closely followed by heats for one of the most highly-prized trophies of the season – the George Wheaton 50m “BBB” Handicap!

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!

If you haven’t already nominated your “B” stroke check out the specific post about this event.

Following the BBB, our long distance swim will be 400m Freestyle. To qualify for the 400m race, you must have a current 200m time less than 200 seconds (3m 20s).

There are the usual 200m, 4x30m and 4x20m Freestyle options for those of us who haven’t posted a 200 second qualifying time (or haven’t posted one in a while…).

Nominate your stroke for the world famous BBB!

Backstroke, Breaststroke or Butterfly

Heats for our unique George Wheaton BBB are coming up on this Saturday 6 Nov 21. So please nominate your stroke. To enter and select your stroke please complete the form at the end of this link.

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

The race is named in honour of George Wheaton – 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. The trophy was inaugurated in the 1939-40 season and is one of the Clubs most sought after prizes.

The Wheaton family have confirmed that they will join us pool side for the final, which this season is set for Saturday 27 November 2021.

George Wheaton

George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap – Final

The results of the final for the George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap held on 21 November 2020 were as follows:

IDNameStrokePosition
1502Lincoln VAN LOOBreaststroke1
1596Lois WALLERBackstroke2
1504Noah HALEBreaststroke3
112Joshua HAYWARDButterfly4
1597Sarah WALLERButterfly5
128Gerry TIBBERTSMABackstroke6
1115Marcus SVOBODABackstroke7
1506Nathan HALEBreaststroke8

Winner: Lincoln VAN LOO

June Wheaton

We regret to announce the sad passing of June Wheaton on Friday 20th November 2020 at the age of 92. June was the daughter-in-law of George Wheaton, married to his son Lindsay.

June loved her annual visits to Drummoyne Pool to present the trophy to the winner of the BBB and we will miss her cheery personality.

Read more about the Wheaton family and history here.

Week 8: The Final of the World Famous George Wheaton BBB

BBB Semi Finals and Final

This week the highlight of swim club will be one of our most popular and important trophy races – the George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap race. As we had so many entries and heats this year, we will hold two semi-finals before the final.

We usually have a large representation from the Wheaton family on deck to present the trophy. Unfortunately, this year due to COVID and an unwell family member this won’t be possible this season. We wish the family well during a difficult time and hope to see them again next season.

The qualifiers for the George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap Trophy Event to be decided by two semi-finals followed by a final on 21 November 2020 are as follows:

IDNameStroke
1502Lincoln VAN LOOBreaststroke
1596Lois WALLERBackstroke
1603Felix SHARPBreaststroke
1504Noah HALEBreaststroke
128Gerry TIBBERTSMABackstroke
1506Nathan HALEBreaststroke
111Phil HAYWARDButterfly
1115Marcus SVOBODABackstroke
1597Sarah WALLERButterfly
91Adam CHRISTODOULOUButterfly
112Joshua HAYWARDButterfly

Besides the BBB we have a jam packed calendar comprising:

  • 100m Freestyle handicap, including Week 1 of the 6 week special event series:
    • Under 10’s Molly Wark and Les Henry 100m Freestyle, and
    • 35 and Over Men’s and Women’s 100m Freestyle
  • Semi-finals and final for the George Wheaton 50m BBB
  • 50m Breaststroke
  • 400m Freestyle

Ladies social night

At the time of writing there were still a few spots available for the ladies social night at Ribs & Burgers. If you want to go along please jump on to the Team App application and go to the Events section to find the details and indicate you are going.

Trophies and Medals

We will continue with the presentation of trophies and medals from last season for Championships and Point Score events from next week and complete the presentations over two weeks. We have a Special Guest presenter scheduled to come along on the 5th of December – more details to follow.

George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap – Qualifiers

The qualifiers for the George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap Trophy Event to be decided by two semi-finals followed by a final on 21 November 2020 are as follows:

IDNameStroke
1502Lincoln VAN LOOBreaststroke
1596Lois WALLERBackstroke
1603Felix SHARPBreaststroke
1504Noah HALEBreaststroke
128Gerry TIBBERTSMABackstroke
1506Nathan HALEBreaststroke
111Phil HAYWARDButterfly
1115Marcus SVOBODABackstroke
1597Sarah WALLERButterfly
91Adam CHRISTODOULOUButterfly
112Joshua HAYWARDButterfly

Week 5: Heats for the George Wheaton Memorial BBB Trophy

The Wheaton Family presenting the George Wheaton Memorial BBB Trophy a few years back

This Saturday is your opportunity to contest one of the most highly-prized trophies of the season – the George Wheaton 50m “BBB” Handicap!

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!

The BBB heats will be raced after the 50m Freestyle sprint.

To seed the event, we need to know which “B” stroke you will swim this Saturday.  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.

Please select your chosen stroke (50m Breaststroke, Backstroke or Butterfly) by completing the form at the end of this link – https://forms.gle/VrzZWEb7Z5T8oeh38.

(If you forget to complete the form in advance there will still be an opportunity to nominate your stroke on Saturday morning).

Following the BBB, our long distance swim will be 400m Freestyle. To qualify for the 400m race, you must have a current 200m time less than 200 seconds (3m 20s). We have 200m, 4x30m and 4x20m Freestyle options for other swimmers.

Note the final for the BBB will be held on Saturday the 21st of November 2020.

Pool lift

The lifeguards have asked that junior swimmers please refrain from playing in and around the newly installed lift. Could you please pass this message on to your squids.

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!

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