HISTORY: Life members Keith Skennerton and Lex Dodt (back) stand behind their granddaughters (front) Emmerson Mitchell and Lauren Cartwright.
HISTORY: Life members Keith Skennerton and Lex Dodt (back) stand behind their granddaughters (front) Emmerson Mitchell and Lauren Cartwright. Contributed

Gold Rush Sprint Swimming Carnival laps up anniversary

THIS year marks the 40th anniversary of the Gold Rush Sprint Swimming Carnival, hosted by the Gympie Gold Fins Swimming Club.

The annual carnival will be held on Saturday, October 31 at the Gympie Memorial Pool and with the building of a new aquatic centre on the drawing board, this could potentially be the last carnival at the Gympie Memorial Pool.

Historically, the carnival has seen many national treasures compete, including Tracey Wickham who participated at the first meet in 1975.

The carnival has been an attraction for Olympians such as Susie O'Neill (Madame Butterfly) and Lisbeth Lenton (Trickett) who still hold records at the carnival.

The Gympie Gold Fins Swimming Club will be contacting former coaches, volunteers and life members who have contributed to the historic carnival over the last 40 years.

The club is encouraging for all former swimmers to come along, enjoy the races and bring along memorabilia from the good old days including swimming togs, medals and photos.

This year the day will include $900 in prize money for Dash for Cash to be won over six events.

The club is seeking sponsorship from the community to help make the day a success and the biggest Gold Rush ever.

Potential sponsors can contact Mrs Anne McDonnell for a donation and sponsorship on 0447 828 447.

If former members have any memorabilia they would not mind lending the club for the day, they can also contact Anne McDonnell.

Spokeswoman Kate Cartwright urged people to donate as little or as much as they would like. All support would be appreciated.

The Gold Fins club will also begin its summer season of swimming on Monday, October 5 and encourage any eager swimmer to come along to the sign-on being held on September 14 at the pool.

For more information check out the Facebook page for updates at Gympie Gold Fins Swimming Club Inc.

Gympie Times


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