George Wheaton Tribute Day recognised in Federal Parliament

Following on from our memorable George Wheaton Family Tribute Day on 30th November 2013, our local Federal Member, Craig Laundy, recorded this important piece of our Club’s heritage in a speech to the Federation Chamber of the Australian Parliament on Thursday 5th December 2013.

You can read Craig’s full speech in the Parliamentary Hansard minutes here (PDF version) and watch a video of his speech here.

The Club would like to thank Craig for taking the time to attend our Tribute Day, along with our Club Patron Mayor Angelo Tsirekas and State MP John Sidoti, and for the special effort he made to record this event for posterity.

George Wheaton 50m BBB (Handicap)

The final results of the George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap held on 30 November 2013 were as follows:

ID Name Position
698 Adam BROOKS 1
474 Bernadette FLANNERY 2
640 Daniel CORBETT 3
91 Adam CHRISTODOULOU 4
1049 Celeste JACKSON 5
1012 Mikaela DOWNIE 6
1071 Aidan KIRKPATRICK-JONES 7
1054 Damien GARDINER 8

Winner: Adam BROOKS

Farewell Noel Wheaton

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.

George Wheaton Family Tribute Day – Saturday 30th November 2013

George Wheaton

The following Obituary appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday 9 January 1937:

Mr. G. Wheaton.

Mr. George Wheaton, a prominent swimming official, collapsed and died shortly after competing in a 220yds race at the Drummoyne baths on Thursday.

Mr. Wheaton, who was 53 years of age, was for several years a delegate to the New South Wales Amateur Swimming Association. He was honorary secretary of the Western Districts Amateur Swimming Association, and treasurer of the Drummoyne club. His four sons, George, Neville, Noel, and Lindsay, are all members of the club. After a service at St, Bede’s, Drummoyne, yesterday, the body was cremated at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium.

George’s last surviving son, Noel, recently passed away, at the age of 93, bringing this sad chapter in the Club’s history to a peaceful close.

On Saturday 30th November 2013, Drummoyne Swimming Club will be paying a special tribute to George and his sons on the occasion of the George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap Final (BBB stands for Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly).

We are fortunate to have four generations of the Wheaton family attending the BBB final this Saturday, being George’s daughter-in-law, two grandsons, a great grandson and great-great grandson. The Wheaton family will start the event and present the George Wheaton BBB trophy to the winner.

The occasion will commemorated by Mayor Angelo Tsirekas, Club Patron, and Craig Laundy MP, Federal Member For Reid.

Members and friends of the Club are welcome to join us in honouring the Wheaton family this Saturday.  The Club meet will commence at 7.30am with the 100m Freestyle Sprint followed by the BBB event.

George Wheaton 50m BBB (Handicap)

The results of the George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap held on 1 December 2012 were as follows:

ID Name Stroke Position
868 Caitlin ZOCCO Breaststroke 1
283 Douglas MCFARLANE Breaststroke 2
970 Charlotte PRATT Butterfly 3
91 Adam CHRISTODOULOU Butterfly 4
594 Elena MURPHY Backstroke 5
897 Annabel COWLEY Breaststroke 6
309 Joel DIMENTO Breaststroke 7
632 Liam MURPHY Butterfly 8

Winner:  Caitlin Zocco

George Wheaton 50m BBB (Handicap)

The results of the George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap final held on 3 December 2011 were as follows:

ID Name Stroke Position
969 Angus CLIFT Backstroke 2
687 Jessica COLLEY Breaststroke 4
708 Bronte MARSHALL Breaststroke 1
634 Hamish MURPHY Butterfly 5
968 Madeleine WELSH Breaststroke 6
928 Alicia BATES Backstroke 3
346 Chris LONG Breaststroke DNS
976 David BRADY Butterfly 8
115 Anthony DIMENTO Butterfly 7

Winner: Bronte Marshall

George Wheaton 50m BBB (Handicap)

The results of the final for the George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap held on 4 December 2010 were as follows:

ID Name Stroke Position
620 Rachel LYON Breaststroke DQ
708 Bronte MARSHALL Breaststroke 2
661 Michael CORBETT Backstroke 1
582 Elise GOOLEY Backstroke DNS
908 Ross DUNCOMBE Breaststroke 4
579 Simone GOOLEY Breaststroke DNS
692 Nichola COOK Butterfly DNS
375 Matthew ELLIS Breaststroke 3
168 Dominic ULLIO Breaststroke DNS

Winner: Michael Corbett

George Wheaton 50m BBB (Handicap)

The result of the Final of the George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap held on 30 January 2010 was as follows:

Member Race Number Name Stroke Position
1223 Kate Coyne Backstroke 1
964 Alex Murphy Breaststroke 3
1221 Paul Cook Breaststroke 8
468 Gerry Tibbertsma Breaststroke 7
1125 Ethan Parker Backstroke 4
803 Emma Tuite Butterfly 2
958 Louis Johansson Breaststroke 5
632 James Simmons Butterfly 6

Winner: Kate Coyne

George Wheaton 50m BBB (Handicap)

The results for the Final of the George Wheaton 50m BBB Handicap held on 31 January 2009 were as follows:

Member Race Number Name Stroke
955 Ron White Breaststroke
468 Gerry Tibbertsma Backstroke
1020 Elise Gooley Breaststroke
603 Angus Jones Backstroke
732 Matthew Ellis Breaststroke
430 Phil Hayward Butterfly
258 Michelle Brooks Breaststroke
1190 Ben Hall Butterfly
663 Joel DiMento Butterfly
511 Dominic Ullio Butterfly

Winner: Phil Hayward.