Mandurah Swimming Club strokes into 50th year

Greg Jenkinson and club president Graham Shackles with the original minutes book. Picture: Jon Hewson d471091
Greg Jenkinson and club president Graham Shackles with the original minutes book. Picture: Jon Hewson d471091

THE Mandurah Swimming Club has come a long way from when its members used to swim in the estuary, and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on July 16.

Club president Graham Shackles said the event would include past and present members taking part in relays and there will be large displays of memorabilia, medals and trophies on display.

Among the memorabilia will be the minutes book from the club’s original meeting, containing the records of every meeting between July 12, 1967 and April 7, 1981.

“From its formation in 1967, before there was even a swimming pool in the region, Mandurah Swimming Club has proven that it can survive even without a pool,” Mr Shackles said.

“From swimming between two jetties on the foreshore in the late ‘60s to having to travel to Rockingham in recent years while the new 50-metre pool was built, the club has stood the test of time.”

He said the new Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre provided a stark contract from swimming in the estuary when the club was formed in 1967.

He said the club had been involved in the early planning for the centre since 1980.

In 1993, a very strong club committee was responsible for the building of clubrooms.

“The need for a 50-metre pool saw the club move training to Rockingham for a number of years until the new 50-metre pool and refurbished 25-metre pool was opened in 2016,” Mr Shackles said.

The celebrations will be held from noon to 3pm.

For further details and to register, email secretary@mandurahswimmingclub.com.au.

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