New Start Blocks Installed!

Diving block

Thanks to the support of the City of Canada Bay Council and the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Grants Program we are pleased to announce that brand new start blocks have been installed at Drummoyne Pool for our Club.

 

The Swimming Centre’s bathroom amenities have also been completely renovated.  They look amazing and are on track for completion by 1st September 2018, when Drummoyne Pool opens for the 2018/19 season!

New Diving Blocks

Diving block

We are excited to report that new diving blocks will be installed at Drummoyne Pool over the 2018 winter break, following the successful approval of a $10,000 grant to Drummoyne Swimming Club under the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program.

The City of Canada Bay Council has agreed to fund the balance of the cost to purchase and install the diving blocks as part of its $250,000 Capital Works program at Drummoyne Swimming Centre over the winter period, which also includes a major refurbishment of the bathrooms.

The major investment in new diving blocks and changing rooms will be huge benefit to community users of the pool, including school swimming carnivals and Drummoyne Swimming Club.

We would like to thank Craig Laundy MP and Mayor Angelo Tsirekas for their generous support of this important community facility.

Council Invests $350,000 in Drummoyne Pool

Message from Angelo Tsirekas, Mayor City of Canada Bay Council

The City of Canada Bay is investing a total of $350,000 during 2017/18 at the Drummoyne Swimming Centre to ensure the facility continues to meet the needs of all of our customers.

A number of upgrades are already complete, including:

  • New glass fence opening up views to the harbour;
  • New grassed area;
  • Installation of shade sails;
  • Painting throughout the facility, including the bottom of the pool; and
  • New stairwell balustrades.

In addition, new lockers and an accessible pool hoist will be installed in the coming weeks.

At the completion of the current season (1 May 2018), $250,000 will be spent on refurbishing the male, female, accessible and family changing rooms on level one.

To ensure the new changing rooms meet the needs of all of our users, I invite you to have your say by completing this survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Drummoynepoolchangingrooms

Thank you for your support in assisting us to improve this important community facility.

Mayor Angelo Tsirekas

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 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.

Drummoyne Swimming Club Room Opening

The new Drummoyne Swimming Club Room will be officially opened by Mayor Angelo Tsirekas and the City of Canada Bay Council at 10.30am on Saturday 23rd March 2013.

John Sidoti MP, Member for Drummoyne, will attend on behalf of the NSW Government, who contributed a $15,000 grant towards the new room.