Original swim club had a muddy start
MEMBERS of the original Murwillumbah Swimming Club yesterday compared the new $16 million aquatic centre to the humble beginnings of the club in the muddy Tweed River.
Club members from between 1938 and 1958 attended a reunion on Sunday at the Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre, one of the event's organisers Mary Mummery said.
“We met at the pool and there were about 45 old members and about 66 people there altogether,” Mrs Mummery, of Banora Point, said.
“Four of the visitors were past members over the age of 80.”
Geoff Ross, another re- union organiser, recalled the club's founding.
“Geoff Ross was at the first meeting, even though he was only a small boy,” Mrs Mummery said.
“It started in 1938; that was when they had their first meeting and the club was formed.
“In those days it was called the Murwillumbah Amateur Swimming Club, but they later dropped 'amateur' out.”
“I have been told origin- ally they used to swim in the river.”
Mrs Mummery, who grew up in Murwillumbah, joined the club in about 1950.
“They closed down during the war,” she said.
“When it reopened we used to swim in the 33-yard pool, which is similar to the indoor pool.
“This new centre is absolutely wonderful.”
Stories of the “good ol' days” were shared at Sunday's reunion, which was followed by a lunch at the Murwillumbah Services Club.
“They passed around some old trophies and my name was on one of the shields,” Mrs Mummery said. “Everyone talked about how the swimming club used to compete against other clubs.”
Mrs Mummery said there are some things that never change.
“The club used to win a lot of competitions and it still does.”
The president and secretary of the present club and some junior members were also at the reunion, Mrs Mummery said.
“I think it was the first reunion the Murwillumbah Swimming Club has ever had.”