The Westerner

Twenty years in the swim

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Source: Lee Oliver

Jim Gordon and Carol Bizzell are Samford Amateur Swimming Club Life Members.

Jim Gordon and Carol Bizzell are Samford Amateur Swimming Club Life Members.

Samford Amateur Swimming Club is making a splash this month as it celebrates a milestone.

The club, nicknamed the Stingrays, will commemorate its 20th anniversary at the Samford Community Hall on 25 February.

The club has produced stars of the pool including Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kyle Richardson and Olympic synchronised swimmer Tamika Domrow.

Olympic gold medallist Bronte Barratt, who still holds close to 40 pool records at Samford, is also a former Stingrays junior.

“It’s a great club and it’s a friendly club and you do meet quite a few parents who have been with the club since it started 20 years ago,” Club President Brad Cook said.

Carol Bizzell, who along with Jim Gordon are the Stingrays’ only Life Members, has been involved with the club since its inception. She paid tribute to the tenacity of locals which led to the opening of the Samford Community Pool in 1992.

“A lot of it (the club’s success) is due to the foresight and vision of the steering committee to go ahead and put a pool out here,” Mrs Bizzell said.

The anniversary celebrations on 25 February will feature a spit roast dinner, casino games and auctions of Olympic memorabilia. Tickets cost $50.


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