Stephanie Morris

 

Joined Club:  1995/96 season

Committee: 2017/18 to present

Stephanie joined the club when she was three in 1995. In the 2017-2018 season she took on the role of butterfly handicapper. After a stellar handicapping season, she also took on the junior special events books. For the 2018-2019 season she handed over her books and took on the role of Race Secretary. Throughout her years at the club she has won many perpetual trophies and as well as completing many swimathons.

 

 

 

John Mison

                                                                                                                                              

 

Joined Club:  1997/1998 season

Life member:  2017

Senior Club Member, John Mison was elected a Life Member of the Club at the Annual General meeting held on 4 May 2017.

Life Member, Noelene Daly, nominated John Mison for Life Membership and the nomination was seconded by Senior Vice President, Tim Green.

At the request of Noelene Daly, the Club President, Peter Court spoke on her behalf in moving the motion and addressed the contribution of John to the Club.

“John has not held an executive position with the Club.  However, he has rendered service to the Club over a number of years.  John is the oldest member in age in the Club – 85 years young.  He first became associated as a parent when his son Brooke began competing on a Saturday morning forty years ago in the 1977/78 season.  Brooke was a regular competitor from 1977 to 1988 after which date, because of surf club commitments, Brooke swam spasmodically in the 1990s/2000s.

John was not involved in any official capacity until the 1997/1998 season when grandson, Max became a Club member.

John became a time keeper and was a time keeper at the Club Championship Carnival in 1998/1999 and has been a time keeper since that time.  John is the Club’s oldest timekeeper in age.

John from time to time swims with the Club in handicap events and consequently he is our oldest competitor in age.  Over the years his family members have been members, including his sons and most of his 13 grandchildren. Currently, son Matthew and granddaughters, Jess and Rosie, still compete regularly.”

Luke Porter-Daly

 

Joined Club: 2004/2005

Committee: 2015/2016
 

Luke joined the Club when he was very young in the 2004-2005 season. His late grandfather, Maurie Daly was the President of the Club for 33 years and Luke has followed the tradition of the Daly family who have been involved with the Club since 1973. Luke looks set to carry on the tradition set by his grandparents, mother and uncle.

He regularly wins the Club perpetual trophies and has notched up some impressive results in ocean swimming - having competed in the Coogee Splash and Dash in 2013 coming 14th in his age group despite the fact he was younger than the youngest age group. In 2014, he competed in the Coogee Island Swim coming 11th in his age category - as the youngest in that category. He is also a member of Coogee Surf Club. Luke will be the one to watch in the coming years."

 In the 2015/2016 season Luke was appointed Club Captain. Possibly the youngest Club Captain in the Club’s history, Luke will no doubt perform his duties with the same enthusiasm he shows each week assisting with Club activities.

 

 

Jo Davison

 

Joined Club:  2013/2014

Committee:  2015/2016 to now

Jo joined the Club with her family (husband Ian and children Will, Alex and Olivia) in the 2013/14 season to ensure that her kids got to have a taste of old school swimming.

Handicapping, timers, rough conditions, smooth conditions, sea urchin collection days, diving in off the far rope…

Jo grew up with this some 40 odd years ago when she swam at Wylie’s with her family and she loves the fact that many of the faces are the same and the style of competition hasn't changed. It's a piece of living history!

‘There aren't many opportunities for all the family to compete together in an environment that is surely the most beautiful anywhere in the world. There is definitely no better way to start a weekend than racing with the family at Wylie's!' she says.

Hazel Brombey

 


Club Member:  1970s

Committee: 1977/78 to present 

Life Member:  1995

 

Hazel, and her husband Ron, joined the club in the 1970s after their four children, Terry, Peter, Susan and Carolyn joined. 

Hazel began editing the Club newsletter in 1995/96 and co-wrote the Club's Centenary History book in 1996.

 

 

Thorsten Trupke

 

Joined Club:  2003/04

Committee:  2011/12 to present

 

Thorsten joined the Club in 2003/04 after he moved from Germany to Australia with his family.

In 2005/06 he took up handicapping duties and in 2011/12 was finally convinced to join the Committee.

Richard Ormsby

 

Joined Club:  1984/85

Committee:  1987/88 to 2003/04

Life Member:  2008

 

Richard’s first involvement with the Club was in the 1981/82 season when he bought his 3 year old daughter, Michelle, to Learn to Swim lessons with Noeline Daly.  A few years later his son, Michael, also joined the Learn To Swim program.  For the first few years it appears as though Richard did a lot of standing around talking to his friends while his children had their lessons.

Richard finally joined the Club in 1984/85 swimming in the freestyle and breastroke handicap races.  1984/85 was also the season that Richard commenced his official duties – rope man at the Club Carnival.  The following season he also competed at the Carnival coming 2nd in the 50m breaststroke Golden Oldies event.  He must have really enjoyed rope duties as he continued to be the rope man until the 1993/94 Carnival when somebody handed him a gun…

During the 1980s Richard’s commitment to the Club continued to strengthen.  He was elected to the Committee for the 1987/88 season and for the next 17 years he provided valuable service to the Club.  During this time he helped to plan and run Club swimming events and functions.  Richard’s first Carnival as starter was in 1993/94, a position he has coveted since.  When Peter Carney was packed off to Queensland in 1996, Richard was the Club’s undisputed number one starter.

In the 1989/90 season he completed the first of 15 Swimathons and worked towards his goal of cracking the 30 minute barrier, which he achieved in 2004/05.  During the 1990s Richard really got stuck into his swimming.  He was a fierce competitor in the special events and long distance championships held at Wylie’s Baths.  In the 1994/95 season he was rewarded for his efforts when he received the Veteran’s Trophy as the most outstanding male swimmer over the age of 35.

Richard has now provided over 20 years of valuable service to the Club.  In 2003/04 he was awarded the prestigious Maurie Daly Trophy as the best senior Club member.  The only recognition awarded by the Club higher than that is life membership.

Richard Ormsby was made a Life Member of the Randwick & Coogee Amateur Swimming Club at the 2007/08 Annual General Meeting.

 

Terry Parkinson

 

Joined Club:  1985/86

Committee:  1990/91 to 1998/99

Life Member:  2008

 

Terry and Robin's son Michael, joined the Club for the1984/85 season.  Michael tells me that as he was their second favourite child, Terry and Robin didn't bother attending the baths that season,  they waited until the following year when their daughter Rachel also joined.

Terry and Robin answered a heartfelt plea from Secretary Peter Carney’s mail out in 1986/87 to take up timekeeping duties and officiated at their first Club Carnival that season.  They then re-joined the Club the following year and despite frequent visits to the UK have been members ever since.

Terry was elected to the Committee for the 1990/91 season and provided sterling service, supporting and organising Club activities.  He assisted in the preparation of Club functions, taking on the particularly unpopular task of providing the onions for our Club BBQs.   He remained on the Committee for 9 years leaving not long after Michael took over as Club Secretary – we do wonder if this was a coincidence?  Terry has also played a pivotal role in the success of the Club's Christmas Parties.

In 2001 Terry and Robin studied and obtained their qualifications as Swimming NSW Official Timekeepers. On Saturday mornings, to utilise their abilities our Chief Timekeeper Peter Court usually separates Terry and Robin when timekeeping.  However, this policy doesn’t always succeed.  With Terry on Peter’s business team, Robin is allocated to my social team. Of course on our part Robin and I feel that this doesn’t cause any problem at all!

Terry and Robin have time kept for the last 20 years during the season down at Wylie's and at most Carnivals and Swimathons.

Terry and Robin Parkinson have provided over 20 years of valuable service to the Randwick & Coogee Amateur Swimming Club and in 2008 were elected as Life Members of the Club.

 

Robin Parkinson

Joined Club:  1985/86 to present

Life Member:  2008

 

Terry and Robin's son Michael, joined the Club for the1984/85 season.  Michael tells me that as he was their second favourite child, Terry and Robin didn't bother attending the baths that season,  they waited until the following year when their daughter Rachel also joined.

Terry and Robin answered a heartfelt plea from Secretary Peter Carney’s mail out in 1986/87 to take up timekeeping duties and officiated at their first Club Carnival that season.  They then re-joined the Club the following year and despite frequent visits to the UK have been members ever since.

Terry was elected to the Committee for the 1990/91 season and provided sterling service, supporting and organising Club activities.  He assisted in the preparation of Club functions, taking on the particularly unpopular task of providing the onions for our Club BBQs.   He remained on the Committee for 9 years leaving not long after Michael took over as Club Secretary – we do wonder if this was a coincidence?  Terry has also played a pivotal role in the success of the Club's Christmas Parties.

Robin has been co-editor of the Club's Newsletter since 1996/97.  Along with Hazel Brombey, she has provided a valuable role in the documentation of the Club's social activities.  Her photographic recording of Club events is also much appreciated and is enjoyed by Club members at the supper following the AGM and Presentations.

In 2001 Terry and Robin studied and obtained their qualifications as Swimming NSW Official Timekeepers. On Saturday mornings, to utilise their abilities our Chief Timekeeper Peter Court usually separates Terry and Robin when timekeeping.  However, this policy doesn’t always succeed.  With Terry on Peter’s business team, Robin is allocated to the social team.

Terry and Robin have time kept for the last 20 years during the season down at Wylie's and at most Carnivals and Swimathons.

Terry and Robin Parkinson have provided over 20 years of valuable service to the Randwick & Coogee Amateur Swimming Club and both were awarded Life Membership in 2008.

Michael Parkinson

 

Joined Club:  1984/85

Committee:  1992/93 to 2008/09

Secretary:  1995/95 to 2008/09

Life Member:  2010

 

Michael joined the club in the 1984/85 season at 14 years of age. From these early days he immediately noticed that his parents became involved in the official duties of the club so it wasn’t long before he decided to take up a committee role in the 1992/93 season.

From the 1992/93 season until the 2008/2009 season Michael was a very active and involved committee member and over this time held the following positions.

·         Committee Member from 1992/93 through to 2008/09

·         Secretary – from 1995/96 through to 2008/09 – a total of 14 seasons

·         Race Secretary from 1995/96 through to 2000/01 and again from 2005/06 through to 2008/09 – a total of 10 seasons.

Many of us here tonight were fortunate to be part of the committees Michael served on for 17 years. We spent many an evening watching him diligently try and keep the rest of the committee in some sort of order. Michael was one of a kind when it came to committee responsibilities and he ended up with so many systems and rules and spreadsheets in place the rest of us used to all just fall in line (most of the time). Michael was an absolute wiz when it came to club statistics and there was many a time when he would astound us all with yet another spreadsheet with facts and figures from past and present. The pinnacle for the year was always the last meeting of the season where over the years the spreadsheets and calculations for the selection of trophy winners became more and more detailed to the point where it is almost an art form just trying to follow his magic!

Michael has always been very passionate about the club and as such has always steadfastly tried to instill a strong discipline in the rest of us. Most of you would be familiar with his Saturday morning marshalling prowess and his abilities to get a very unruly mob of swimmers in order and in their appropriate races in no time flat.

Michael always had lots of advice for parents whose children were not so willing to swim on occasions however once Michael became a proud father to Ben and then Joel he has since learnt what it is like to be both father and encourager of sometimes not so willing swimmers.

Michael has won a good range of the available club trophies during his time with the club:

·         Bill Duggan Trophy – 1986/87

·         Cec Pippen Trophy – 1999/2000

·         Geoff Gately Trophy – 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2005/06

·         Maurie Daly Trophy - Michael was the inaugural winner in 2000/01

Michael has also participated in the Mile swim on 23 occasions – his times over the years have improved from an acceptable 52.37 min to his fastest time in 2006/07 of 25.29 minutes - a grand achievement.

David McDowall


 

Joined Club:  1960/61

Committee:  1999/2000 to present

Life Member:  2010

 

When David was five years old, he joined Randwick and Coogee Amateur Swimming Club.  He didn’t manage this alone, but was accompanied by his mother, possibly with the view to having him become a famous swimmer.

However, David didn’t become a famous swimmer, but he did become a long serving and active member of the Club.  He modestly informs us that he has won most trophies, but he is not letting on which ones he has missed out on!

At one stage over the years, David’s entire family were also club members, but whilst some of them have dropped out of the club, he is still there every Saturday morning.

He informed us that one of his R&CASC career highlights was:  winning his first race, a 15 yard time trial and his lowlight was being beaten in races by all of his children!

Gwilym Funnell


 

Joined Club:  2009/10

Committee:  2012/13 to present

 

Being taxi drivers and chaperones to all the kids’ activities during the week, Emily and Gwilym decided to join R&CASC with the idea that this could be their family time together each week, and to be honest, there is no better way to spend time together than in the amazing setting of Wylie's baths.  The fact that the swim races are handicapped creates an equal and fun playing field for both the swimmers and non swimmers in the family, so it means we all get to enjoy the swim and feel like we have earned the coffee/icy pole at the end of the swim.

We have yet to win any trophies, but we did win the Christmas hamper one year.

Emily and Gwilym's job on the committee is to raise funds to ensure that this wonderful family based club can continue to provide the BBQs etc that make it very different from any other social activity in the Eastern Suburbs.

Emily Funnell

Joined Club:  2009/10

Committee:  2012/13 to present 
 

Being taxi drivers and chaperones to all the kids’ activities during the week, Emily and Gwilym decided to join R&CASC with the idea that this could be their family time together each week, and to be honest, there is no better way to spend time together than in the amazing setting of Wylie's baths. The fact that the swim races are handicapped creates an equal and fun playing field for both the swimmers and non swimmers in the family, so it means we all get to enjoy the swim and feel like we have earned the coffee/icy pole at the end of the swim.

We have yet to win any trophies, but we did win the Christmas hamper one year.

Emily and Gwilym's job on the committee is to raise funds to ensure that this wonderful family based club can continue to provide the BBQs etc that make it very different from any other social activity in the Eastern Suburbs.

Nina Mili

 

Joined Club:  2007/08

Committee:  2009/10 to present

Secretary: 2009/10

 

 

I joined the club in 2006 with my husband Mario and our son Tim.

First year I just watched my boys swimming. Second year I started competing in the breaststroke.

Third year I learnt to swim freestyle and since I did not stop swimming. The Club and swimming have become my passion, my meditation, escape with my family and friends.

What I love the most is the social side but also a constant challenge with handicaps and swimming in the different weather conditions.

In 2010 when the longstanding Club Honorary secretary stepped back from the role I have filled in this honorary position for one year. It was full on but I had a chance to learn more about the Club and

its members. I also started to appreciate the involvement and dedication of the life members and the committee to the club. In 2011 I’ve become a committee member and ever since I have been looking after the social side of the club.

It makes me so incredibly proud and glad to be a member of this amazing club that contributes so much to our community.

But who knows, maybe one day I will become a life member too.

Chris Grant


 

Joined Club:  1987/88

Committee:  1999/2000 to 2004/05 and 2009/10 to 2017/18

Club Captain:  1999/2000 to 2002/2003

Race Secretary:  2001/2002 to 2004/05 and 2009/2010 to 2017/18

Life Member:  2016

 

Chris joined the Club as a five year old in the 1987-88 season, along with his dad, Jim, mother Janis and brother Stuart.

 Chris was elected to the Committee in 1999-2000 to the position of Club Captain, a position he held until the 2002-03 season. He was a member of the Committee from the 1999-2000 season until 2004-05 and then 2009-10 to the present.

After going to London, he returned to the Committee in 2009-10 as Race Secretary, a position he still holds.

He has won a number of trophies, including:

Stan Windon 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2012-13, 2013-14,

Kevin Ellis 1996-97, 1997-98; Bill Duggan 1996-97; Stenhouse 1997-98;

Geoff Gately 2002-03, Maurie Daly 2010-11 and Cec Pippen 2015-16.

Chris has been a handicapper over a number of seasons.   He has also attempted the annual Swimathon 21 times with not much difference in his times since he became the very busy father of Harrison, Owen and Flynn.

 He received his NSW Swimming Association Timekeeping qualifications in 2001 and Starter qualifications in 2003.

 Chris is an active Club member and is looking forward to Harrison joining him in the water for the 2016-17 season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annette Moran

 

Joined Club:  2007/08

Committee:  2010/11 to present

Secretary:  2010/11 to present
 

Unlike the other esteemed members of the Committee, Annette does not have a long and distinguished swimming career.  After taking up swimming only a few seasons ago, Annette managed to master a type of freestyle with the aid of a snorkel and flippers.  Her weapons of choice still remain the trusty flippers.

This lack of swimming prowess does not however dampen her enthusiasm as she lines up on a Saturday to take part in her one freestyle event – being completely clueless about the other strokes.

Annette became involved in the swim club through the encouragement of her friend, Dorothee Trupke, whose own swimming prowess is legendary, as is that of her entire family.  Annette was honoured to be asked to serve on the Committee for the 2010/2011 season and has been the Club Secretary since then. 

Despite living locally, until joining the swim club, Annette had never been to Wylie's swimming pool.  It’s hard to believe because now it’s hard to drag her out of it.

“I am proof that you don’t have to be a good swimmer to enjoy yourself in our swim club.  I really like the fact that the whole family can participate.  With other activities we watch the kids do their thing in a highly competitive environment.  The swim club is not like that.  It has opened up a whole new world to me.  And you get to swim in such a beautiful environment.  It’s unique - there is nothing like it.”

Janice Morris

 

 

Joined Club:  1995/1996

Committee:  1999/00 to present

Treasurer:  2000/01 to 2011/12

Junior Vice President:  2012/13 to present

Life Member:  2016

 

Janice has been a member of the Club since 1995, when she joined with her children, Anthony and Stephanie. Later on, another family member was added to the Club when her daughter, Katrina was born.

She was elected to the Committee in the 1999-2000 season and was quickly elevated to the coveted position of Treasurer. She did such a sterling job that she held the position until the 2011-12 season. A grand total of 12 years, with never an error in her balance sheets.

After this last season, she relinquished the position to take on yet another position, that of Junior Vice President. She has held this position since the 2012-13 season and is still as strong as ever in her support of the Club.

She has been successful in winning the Cec Pippen trophy on three occasions in 1998-99 then ten years later in 2008-09 and again in 2009-10 and the Maurie Daly trophy in 2001-02, proving that she's maturing like a good wine.

Janice is always available to help at fund raising events such as the Bunnings annual barbecue and selling raffle tickets at the Club’s Annual Championships towards the latter years of them being held at Botany Pool.

She received her NSW Swimming Association Timekeeping Qualifications in 2001 and has completed 14 annual swimathons.

Janice is a strong community minded person who, as well as her 21 years of service to the Club has also completed her Bronze Medallion as an active member of Coogee Surf Club; is a member of the Wylie’s Trust Committee and has swum as a swimming club team member in the Coogee Island Challenge on many occasions.

 

 

Tim Green

 

Joined Club:  1966/67 to present

Committee:   1993/94 to present

Junior Vice President:  2002/03 to 2007/08

Senior Vice President:  2008/09 to present

Life member:   2000

 

Tim  first joined the Club at the Coogee Aquarium in 1966/1967, having swimming lessons with Cleone Ferguson under the direction of Terry Straney.

In the 1969/1970 season, he began some afternoon training sessions with Club coach John Schwab, which continued when the Club moved to Wylie's Baths (then Sunstrip Pool).

Although not a contender in the championships as a junior, there were usually pointscore wins each season.  This included the 1972 Winter Season Point Score.  In later years,  younger sister Judith would also be dragged down to winter swimming.  This continued until the winter division ceased operations after the 1982 season.

Although some years were spent overseas in the late '80's and early '90's, Tim has got a Swimathon badge every other year.  Except when overseas he has generally earned a merit award, and has always swum all strokes each week.

Club Captain in 1980/1981, and in various seasons a handicapper, he has been on the Committee since 1993/1994.  Tim organises the Club's entry into Ocean Swims.  He presently holds the position of Club Senior Vice President.

Tim is a great mentor to young and reluctant swimmers.  He has been very effective in encouraging and supporting members of all ages to participate and improve their swimming.  He was awarded his instructor's certificate in 1978/1979 and assisted with the Club's Learn to Swim campaign when it was active.

Tim was elected as a Life Member in May 2000.

Peter Court

 

Joined Club:  1940s

Committee:  Since late 1960s

Vice President:  1974/75 to 1988/89

Senior Vice President:  1989/90 to 2007/08

President:  2008/09 to present

Life Member:  1995

 

Peter Court first recalls swimming with the Club in 1944, age 7, and continued swimming with the Club until the 1950s.  He rejoined the Club in 1965 when his four children - Joanne, Andrew, Sean and Elizabeth - were members of the Club.  His grandson, Alex, became a member in 1994/95.  Since then his younger grandchildren Peter, Genevieve and Veronique have joined the Club.

Peter's grandfather, Hugh Macreadie was a former President of the Club, his father, George Court, and four of his uncles also swam witth the Club.

Peter has served on the Committee since the late 1960s and was a Vice President for 20 odd years before taking over as Club President from Maurie Daly in 2008/09.   Peter advised the Club about the benefits of incorporation in 1988 and was made a Life Member in 1995.

Peter timekeeps every Saturday morning for the Club and is the Chief Timekeeper at the Club's Annual Carnival.  He received his NSW Swimming Association Timekeeping Qualifications in 2002.