Doug Barrett Trophy returns to Bingara

March 17, 2009

505 points, 350 sausages, 100 spectators, 65 swimmers, 4 strokes, 2 teams, 1 trophy!

Friday night was Bingara’s turn to shine. Final score Bingara 505, Warialda 321.  Our two practice nights in the leadup proved worthwhile, with about 35 kids turning up and familiarising themselves with the program.

Will and Isaak Johnson share in the excitement! 

Thankyou to the family of Doug Barrett, Lee and Gary for supporting us on the evening and Kristy for swimming. It will be exciting to see Doug and Daphne’s great grandsons competing next year. We will also be getting a new trophy for next year, kindly donated by the Bingara RSL, and the old trophy will go on display there.

We held the home side advantage. It was great to have 10 swimmers in the opens (boy were we glad to see the Ozol girls home for the weekend). It was also great to see other kids home for the weekend from school come and join in too. In some age divisions we had more swimmers than we needed. It was nice to have this luxury, but I’m sorry not everyone got to swim what they wanted.


A fun social night was had by all, with all enjoying themselves enthusiastically when asked.

LEFT: Leonie Southwell, representing the Bingara Amateur Swimming Club, is presented with the Doug Barrett Trophy by Gary Barrett.

I have been involved in about six Doug Barrett nights, and every time I am amazed and so proud of how the kids all get in and have a go and try their hardest, my highlight of the night is when the kids are so caught up in the spirit of the night they come to me and say I want to swim in the butterfly, but I don’t know how to swim butterfly. How do I swim butterfly? We then proceed with a one minute lesson, and off they go!

Bingara Amateur Swimming Club members celebrating their win.

On behalf of the Bingara Amateur Swimming Club (who host the night) thankyou to Warialda for participating, all our helpers, scoring, judging, marshalling and helping out on the barbecue, Ian and Chris at the pool. And a big thankyou to our swimmers. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Article contributed by Leonie Southwell