St George Leagues Water Dragons swim club celebrates five decades

Dead heat: John Monckton (right) touched together with David Theile in the 400-metre final in 3min 4sec at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics — but Theile got the decision.
Dead heat: John Monckton (right) touched together with David Theile in the 400-metre final in 3min 4sec at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics — but Theile got the decision.

ONE of the oldest swim clubs in the district, St George Leagues Club (Water Dragons) Swimming Club celebrates its 50th anniversary on January 24.

To mark the occasion a dinner will be held at the leagues club on February 1.

All past and present club members welcome.

The Water Dragons became the first leagues club swim club in 1964.

Over the years the club used various venues to hold weekly competitions, including the old Ramsgate Baths, Jim Guthrie's at Caringbah, Col Jones's at Hurstville, Aquadot at Sutherland and present-day venues Carss Park Pool (summer) and Peakhurst West Public School (winter).

The club has produced five Olympians over the five decades: John Monckton (swimming), Frank Jordan (water polo), Duncan Page (modern pentathlon), Frank Murphy (diving) and Gary Chapman (swimming).

The club today continues to compete at a high level and thrives as a club within the St George Leagues Club sports council.

Details: Warren Bradley (9522 8733) or Ian Bourke (0402 854 115).

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