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GDSC Swimming Club

Numbers were down last week at the GDSC Swimming Club meet, but competition was no less fierce. Before the competition, members were told of the illness of Winter Captain Damien O’Mahony, and sent him their concern and good wishes. Club secretary and publicity officer Toni Ensbey is travelling in Europe, where from all accounts she is having a wonderful time, but missing the swimming. Even without the motivation of a barbecue after the swim, Peter Grainger came back to compete and received a warm welcome. Wilson Burns had a very successful night, reaching two finals and winning both. His first win was in the 25 metre freestyle final, where his opposition came from Andrew Madden, Richard Sear and Steve Donnelly. Andrew and Steve were too enthusiastic and were disqualified, leaving Wilson to take the points for first and Searsy took second place. Terry Marsh, David Moon, Tyler Durrington and Bob Owen were the finalists in the 50 metre freestyle race. Terry swam like he had an outboard motor attached, but was awarded a D for his trouble. This left Tyler to take the win, with Moony second and Bob third. Andrew Madden, Wilson Burns and Richard Sear fronted up for their second final of the night and were joined on the blocks by Bruce Durrington. Alas, Andrew and Searsy received the news that they were too fast and were disqualified. The unstoppable Wilson took the voucher and points for first prize, with Bruce in second place. Expressions of interest are now being taken for the Winter Carnival in Lismore on Sunday 26 July. Competitors will enjoy a great venue and friendly competition. Jill Enks