President puts swimmers through paces at champs

Thornlie Swimming Club president Ron Gray.
Thornlie Swimming Club president Ron Gray.

Gray ” the only Australian referee at the championships ” spent eight days at Jean Drapeau Park aquatic complex, keeping an eye on some of the world’s best swimmers as they vied for the titles.

Gray’s work at the championships lasted for eight days, beginning on Sunday, August 3, and he presided over events including the women’s 800m freestyle heats and men’s 200m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle.

He refereed, judged strokes and inspected turns.

Several disqualifications for stroke infractions occurred on the Friday, with one swimmer disqualified for cheating by taping his fingers together.

Gray spent the last two days refereeing in a boat at the open-water complex, which was 3km long.

‘I left the open-water complex on the shuttle bus feeling pleased with my efforts and my contributions to the World Championships,’ he said.

‘The swimmers were still thanking all the officials for a job very well done.

‘It was extremely pleasing to have these accolades as a final memory of the event.’