Special Thanks to the Canada Bay Club!

New grant from Canada Bay Club

Our Gold Sponsor the Canada Bay Club has once again shown their commitment to the Club and approved a grant to purchase some much needed components for the timing and race management system.

The Canada Bay Club has been a magnificent supporter of the Drummoyne Swimming Club over the years and their regular grants help us keep the Club running smoothly. In previous years they have provided funds for diving block covers, timers and other essential equipment needed to operate the Club.

This year the grant will allow us to purchase:

  • A new radio unit linking the pool deck with the club room
  • A new starter’s microphone
  • A new starter’s wireless unit
  • A new wireless scoreboard adapter

While, this may not sound all that exciting, it is super important to the functioning of Saturday mornings. All of this equipment will help us keep races running to schedule and with minimal errors.

Show your support to the Canada Bay Club

The Canada Bay Club has been a meeting place for the local community for more than 50 years. Since opening in 1966, the culturally diverse club has grown from a small social sports centre to a club with state-of-the-art function rooms, two restaurants, live entertainment and a kids’ arcade.

As a champion of the Inner West’s local community, Canada Bay Club supports schools, sporting associations, charities and community groups through its grant program.

Next time you are planning a night out head to the Canada Bay Club.

FYI, we’ll be holding our end of season awards at the Canada Bay Club’s sister club the Concord Bowling Club in late May. Stay tuned for more details…

Reminder: Please sign up for the All Schools Relay!

Our second relay for the year is the Canada Bay Club sponsored All Schools Relay.

The “All Schools Relay” is a relay race for everyone associated with a local school. It’s open to kids, parents, grandparents and others – just nominate the school you have an association with.

This relay race will be held on Saturday the 27th of February 2021 at Swim Club.

Please follow this link to enter. Please remember to enter for each person who is planning to swim – Enter here.

Encourage new swimmers to come along

We want to use the event to encourage new swimmers to come along and give swim club a go. So, please spread the word amongst your school friends and ask them to come down for a free trial. It would be optimal if they could come down for a race before the 27th to get a time.

Format

The format will be a mixed handicap relay. The number of participants will be determined from the entries received. There may be more than one team from some schools.

Planned activities in the 2nd half of the season…

This information was buried deep in our newsletter last week so just to make sure you know about what is coming up here it is again…

Canada Bay Club All Schools Relay

As you know we’ve got the 2021 Battle on the Bay coming up on the 20th of February. That’s our chance to come together as a club and show our neighbouring clubs just what we’re about by knocking Leichhardt off the top of the leader board and having “Drummoyne” inscribed on the trophy.

Following on from the Battle on the Bay we’ve got a few other initiatives planned, including:

The Canada Bay Club All Schools Relay – This new relay will be held on the 27th of February 21 and we’ll put out some information about, this starting next week. The trophy for this race is dedicated to the Canada Bay Club – one of our great supporters over the years.

See this week’s separate post about how to register for this event.

The Food Bank Raffle

The Food Bank Raffle – As some of you may remember last season we donated the proceeds of one of our raffles to support Bush Fire relief. We’re looking to continue that concept again this season. As a club we’re going to support Food Bank.

The proceeds from our raffle on the 27th of February will be donated to Food Bank to support the work they are doing fighting hunger.

Did you know that: three in ten Australians now experiencing food insecurity had not gone hungry before the pandemic and that young people – Gen Z are being hardest hit by the impact of COVID-19?

Foodbank is addressing this crisis by supplying more food and groceries than ever before to charities for distribution to vulnerable people. 

Laps for Life Challenge

As a second charitable initiative, we’re proposing to get involved with Laps for Life in support of youth mental health – Laps for Life is a swimming challenge that raises money to support youth mental health initiatives by Reachout.com.

We’ll set a club challenge and, over the course of March, use Adult and Junior Squads to meet our collective goal. Swimmers will be asked to seek donations from friends and family along the way.

More information about both these charitable initiatives will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

Which local school has the fastest swimmers at Swim Club? All Schools Relay coming up on 27 February!

Our second relay for the year is the Canada Bay Club sponsored All Schools Relay.

The “All Schools Relay” is a relay race for everyone associated with a local school. It’s open to kids, parents, grandparents and others – just nominate the school you have an association with.

This relay race will be held on Saturday the 27th of February 2021 at Swim Club.

Please follow this link to enter. Please remember to enter for each person who is planning to swim – Enter here.

Encourage new swimmers to come along

We want to use the event to encourage new swimmers to come along and give swim club a go. So, please spread the word amongst your school friends and ask them to come down for a free trial. It would be optimal if they could come down for a race before the 27th to get a time.

Format

The format will be a mixed handicap relay. The number of participants will be determined from the entries received. There may be more than one team from some schools.

Week 15: Butterfly Championships and 100m/200m Freestyle Handicap races!

Hopefully you are all recovering well from last week’s medley mayhem. Because we know you can never get enough butterfly it’s time for some more… This week our races are:

  • Championship – 100m Butterfly
  • 100m Freestyle, including Week 4 of the 100m Freestyle Special Events (Molly Wark & Les Henry Under 10’s and 35 and Overs)
  • 200m Freestyle
Drummoyne Swimming Club swimmer Marieke D’Cruz (née Guehrer)

A Look ahead…

As you know we’ve got the 2021 Battle on the Bay coming up on the 20th of February. That’s our chance to come together as a club and show our neighbouring clubs just what we’re about by knocking Leichhardt off the top of the leader board and having “Drummoyne” inscribed on the trophy.

Following on from the Battle on the Bay we’ve got a few other initiatives planned, including:

The Canada Bay Club All School Relay – This new relay will be held on the 27th of February 21 and we’ll put out some information about, this starting next week. The trophy for this race is dedicated to the Canada Bay Club – one of our great supporters over the years.

The Food Bank Raffle – As some of you may remember last season we donated the proceeds of one of our raffles to support Bush Fire relief. We’re looking to continue that concept again this season. As a club we’re going to support Food Bank.

The proceeds from our raffle on the 27th of February will be donated to Food Bank to support the work they are doing fighting hunger.

Did you know that: three in ten Australians now experiencing food insecurity had not gone hungry before the pandemic and that young people – Gen Z are being hardest hit by the impact of COVID-19.

Foodbank is addressing this crisis by supplying more food and groceries than ever before to charities for distribution to vulnerable people. 

As a second charitable initiative, we’re proposing to get involved with Laps for Life in support of youth mental health – Laps for Life is a swimming challenge that raises money to support youth mental health initiatives by Reachout.com.

We’ll set a club challenge and, over the course of March, use Adult and Junior Squads to meet our collective goal. Swimmers will be asked to seek donations from friends and family along the way.

More information about both these charitable initiatives will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

Official Season Launch this Saturday

Last week was a wonderful start to the racing for season. After finishing early last season it was good to be back in the water. We got to test out the new COVID-compliant marshalling arrangements and some new timers (purchased with the assistance of a Canada Bay Club grant). Thanks to everyone who came along and for complying with the new rules.

Come down for a Free Trial!

We’re still warming up and it’s not too late to join, so please spread the word to family and friends about the best place to spend Saturday mornings in Sydney!

New members are invited to a FREE TRIAL on Saturday mornings (just need to pay pool entry fees), so encourage them along.

Official Season launch

This week is the official season launch. We will be joined by Dr Fiona Martin MP the member for Reid.

Monster Raffle

To mark the occasion we will run a monster raffle:

  • 1st prize is a 3 month membership to Five Dock Leisure Centre
  • 2nd Prize is a $75 voucher for Salt Meats Cheese at Drummoyne
  • 3rd prize is a $60 voucher at Ribs & Burgers
  • 4th prize is an EPIC PIZZA voucher

Races Week 2

Races this week are:

  • 100m freestyle
  • 50m backstroke
  • 400 / 200m freestyle
  • Time trials for new and upgraded swimmers

Please see our 2020-21 Calendar for a full list of races and other events over the season.

COVID Safety

A friendly reminder that as a community sporting club, we must comply with NSW Government rules on COVID-19. All swimmers and spectators are required to comply with the Club’s COVID Safety Plan and Drummoyne Swimming Centre rules. In a nutshell our COVID-Safety Plan is:

Have fun, but… be safe and protect others! Arrive ready to swim; Register your attendance using Team App (swimmers and spectators); Get in, Swim, Get out; Follow social distancing rules; Sanitise and wash your hands; Minimise use of the amenities; Don’t share equipment, food or drinks and Go home when you’re done.

Find us on Team App

The new marshalling arrangements seemed to work efficiently and the hand sanitiser stations were well used. Feedback from pool management was that they were generally happy with the way we operated but that social distancing in the stands was a little lax at times and could be improved.

Could all members please be mindful of complying with the 1.5m social distancing requirements between family groups this weekend and moving forward.

Local Sponsors Welcome

Drummoyne Swimming Club is on the hunt for new sponsors for the upcoming season and we figure the best place to start is in our own backyard swimming pool (so to speak). We are calling out for you – swimmers and parents – to help us find club sponsors. Sponsorship plays a key role in keeping registration fees as low as possible and helps us pay for ever increasing costs.

We are certainly living in interesting and uncertain economic times but some businesses have been very successful during the COVID-19 crisis and others may be looking to get a bit of community exposure to help get themselves going again.

You may have your own business or know of one that could get a boost by linking with our well-regarded community-based club. You may work for a large corporate that might be keen to associate with us. If so, we’re keen to see what we can do.

Click below for our new Sponsorship Brochure for the 2020/21 season:

Adobe PDF

We’ve sought to produce a document that spells out the benefits of becoming a club sponsor. Please take a look and get back to us if you think you can help or know someone who might be interested. We’re also open to other sponsorship ideas and options so please feel free to put forward any other ideas you have.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for 2020/21 or know someone who is, please contact Adrian Bell on 0424 561 831 or adrianbell1976@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to support our current sponsors

Epic Pizza

While on the topic of sponsors… our current sponsors Canada Bay Club, Ribs & Burgers and Epic Pizza are all back open to attend in-person. If you are looking for a night out please try and frequent one of these friendly and supportive businesses.

Veeva Property Group is also operating as usual. So, if you need property related services please contact Gladys on (02) 9181 5943.