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.
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.
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.
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.
The trophy was inaugurated in the 1939-40 season, in memory of George Wheaton, Hon Treasurer of the Club, who tragically collapsed and died shortly after competing in a 220 yard Father & Sons race on 7 January 1937.
Click here for photos of the trophy and the names of past winners.
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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.