HISTORY OF REVESBY AMATEUR SWIMMING CLUB ( NOW ) REVESBY WORKERS SWIM CLUB

 

 

There was a strong community view that a swimming pool was necessary following the late 1950’s population growth in the area. In January, 1960 Ken Baird called on some fathers who jointly organized a meeting on a vacant building site at Revesby Heights and from this meeting, the Revesby Heights Amateur Swimming Club (ASC) was born. In the early stages of the club’s history members taught youngsters to swim in the shark proof pool at Lambeth Street Reserve on the Georges River. This activity continued until the Lambeth Pool was closed during 1962 as a result of river pollution.

            In November 1960 a group of members had started competitive swimming at Bankstown Olympic Pool in conjunction with and with the cooperation of Bankstown ASC. The races would start after the completion of the Bankstown ASC competition and consisted of 55 yards, 33 Yards and across the pool events. By this time the Revesby Heights ASC was affiliated with NSW Swimming Association and with the Western Suburbs District association.

            Membership declined as a result of the closure of the learn to swim program which placed the club in jeopardy. During October 1963, the club changed its name to Revesby ASC. The adoption of a more central name did gain a few more members and officials. In 1964 and after the NSW Association merged with the NSW Ladies Swimming Association, the club attracted more members.

            By this time there was strong agitation for the construction of a pool in the area. In September 1965, the club was put into recess until the pool was built and commissioned into service.

            Bankstown Council approved the construction of the Amour Park and Grenacre Pools on Tuesaday 21st June, 1966 after 95 minutes of debate. Construction commenced at Revesby on 12th July, 1966 and on the 10th November 1966, a public meeting at Revesby Community Hall was held to reform the club. The new pool opened for business on Saturday, 18th February, 1967.

            During the early 1990’s it was recognised by club officials that a higher profile and more support were necessary if the club was to advance beyond its existing level. Geoff and Sue Eaton negotiated on behalf of the club with the board of Revesby Worker’s Club (RWC) with a view to establishing the swimming club under the umbrella of RWC. This was achieved on 21st December 1993 when the club voted to associate with RWC and adopt the name, Revesby Worker’s Swim Club.

            The pool complex remained an unheated facility for many years. Consequently the club operated essentially as a summer club until the mid 1990’s when heating was applied to the 25 metre outdoor pool. Enclosure of this pool followed several years later and club lobbying for heating of the 50 metre pool was achieved after meetings with the Council, Revesby Worker’s Club and local political figures led to the necessary funding and commitment to do the work. Heating was achieved in 2002.

            The club has produced many good swimmers over the years with the most prominent being Graham Windeatt, an Olympic silver medalist at Munich in 1972. In latter years, Sean Eaton, Amanda Carney, Brendan Stone, Katrina and Natalie Lozan, Matt Freeman, Sean, Trent and Samantha Abbott, Kerryn Houghton, Ashleigh Steed and Michelle Short all achieved state/national honours or national qualifying standard. Tenealle Houghton, Sean Russo and Michael Auprince have many Australian multi-disability records between them and have represented in international competition.

            Many people have served the club well in an administrative capacity over the years. In the early days, Basil Dickman, Bill Windeatt, Shirley and Laurie Flynn, Betty Berry Doug Hyland and John Vandermay left an important mark on the club. In latter years, Chris Lozan served as Secretary of the district and Peter Lozan, a former club President also served as district President and now has the honour of being elected as President of Swimming NSW. Anthony Formica, Gail and Martin Cauchi, Trina Donkin and Bronwyn Hatzis to name but a few have contributed greatly in recent years. Fay Hall, a life member, was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2001 for her contribution to swimming

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Revesby Workers Club
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