Boatie wins Xmas Handicap Swim
56 swimmers greeted the starter on Xmas Day for the Annual Xmas Day Handicap Swim. Members aged from U9 through to Veterans lined up on a sunny morning to have a social swim around 2 bouys approximately 150 metres from shore. As usual there were a number of protests from swimmers prior to the event concerning their handicaps, unfortunately for them no one took any notice!
This year we had a sprinkling of surf club members from local clubs Sandon Point SLSC, Towradgi SLSC & Corrimal SLSC participate. We also had two young blokes namely Daniel Homer (U17) & Matt Homer (U14) from Nobby's Beach SLSC Queensland also had a swim & didn't they collect......finishing 2nd & 3rd respectively! Both boys are the son's of 'Ace' & Kerry Homer.....being formerly Kerry Jones, sister of Paul Jones our A sweep & daughter of Life Member Russ Jones.
Winner on the day though was Isaak Lunney.....yes a 1st year boat rower in the U19's. There was mention about his handicap not being higher enough and I am sure the handicapper will look into it next year.
Congratulations to Noel Freeman on having his 41st consecutive Xmas Day swim.....talk about commitment!
After the swim a presentations of prizes were made with the rules being you couldn't collect 2 prizes. A few random gifts were also given out & the various winners announced;
1st Isaak Lunney 2nd Daniel Homer 3rd Matt Homer
1st Michael Locke 2nd Glenn Sweeny 3rd Shane Geloven
Girls 14 Years & under:
1st Denver Richards 2nd Mali Taylor 3rd Bryar Lunney
Boys 14 Years & under:
1st Coen Taylor 2nd Callum Sweeny
Thanks to Bulli SLSC, The Australian Distillery, Carlton Brewers, St George/Illawarra NRL Club, Keith Caldwell & The Taylor family for the assortment of prizes.