Moon shines as locals impress
MEMBERS of the GDSC Swimming Club have just returned from a wonderful weekend of competition at the 74th annual Championship AIF Carnival at Nelson Bay.
The host club must be congratulated for running a fantastic meet – probably one of the best carnivals we have ever attended.
With more than 39 clubs in attendance, ranging from Bentleigh in Victoria to Southport in Queensland and more than 600 nominations, the odds of winning a race were fairly remote against some very stiff opposition.
However Grafton was well represented in the medal count at the end of the day after a great overall showing by a number of competitors.
David Moon won the men’s 50m Open Breaststroke Championship as well as the men’s 45-49 years 50m Freestyle Championship.
Don Tomlinson, who flew all the way from Tasmania to compete with his club, came away with the men’s 70-74 years 30m Freestyle Championship as well as the Service Championship.
Steve Donnelly had a convincing win in the men’s 50-59 years 50m Freestyle Championship.
Ian ‘We’ll never hear the end of it’ Goodman had his arm twisted to enter the men’s 60 and over 50m Backstroke Championship and was awarded with a third placing.
Ian is now convinced that it was this placing that helped Grafton men achieve third place in the men’s championship point score.
The team of Max Kroehnert, Jill Enks, Toni Ensbey and Don Tomlinson lined up for the 4x50m Tobruk Shield Relay and thought they had a good chance of a medal when they swam 78 off their nominated time.
However this time only gained them sixth position which indicated the stiff competition they were up against.
Ex-Graftonian, Joy Cutler (nee Morrow), representing the Inverell Club, once again won the ladies 55-59 years 50m Freestyle Championship and is the record holder in this event.
March 19, 2011 has been pencilled in for the next AIF Carnival and the venue is Southport, so all members are asked to consider participating.
Grafton was well represented in the medal count at the end of the day after a great overall showing.