Swimming Gunnedah: Justin Hobson elected new president and John Hickey named full-time coach

Swimming Gunnedah's new committee. Hope Rennick, Sue Newbery, Kylie Williams, Karen Coombs, Justin Hobson. Absent from photo: Jen Lush, Gaye Day, Kate Pinn.
Swimming Gunnedah's new committee. Hope Rennick, Sue Newbery, Kylie Williams, Karen Coombs, Justin Hobson. Absent from photo: Jen Lush, Gaye Day, Kate Pinn.

Swimming Gunnedah’s outgoing president Brian Coombs has paid tribute to the many volunteers who helped run the club over his three-year term, and he also thanked the members for trusting the committee with the running of the club.

“It takes us all to be a club – parents, committee, coach, swimmers and volunteers. Without any of these you do not have a successful club,” he said.

“We have had an up-and-down year with coaching and the closure of the main pool. However, we welcome the appointment of John Hickey as full-time coach and a number of new learn-to-swim teachers.

“John has a great vision for the club and its future and I wish him all the best in his new role.”

Coombs also congratulated the incoming committee and wished them every success over the coming year.

Justin Hobson was elected president, with Jennifer Lush taking on the role of vice-president and Gaye Day appointed secretary. Sue Newbery is the club’s new treasurer, with Kylie Williams the registrar. 

Other committee positions were filled by Karen Coombs (carnival secretary), Hope Rennick (gear steward), Kylie Williams and Jen Lush (club night co-ordinators) and Kate Pinn (fund-raising/social co-ordinator).

Swimming Gunnedah was formed in 1955, soon after the pool opened to the public, and has provided swimming instruction at all levels over the past 63 years – producing many state and national champions, including world record breaker Susan Miller. 

The club holds the annual Deb of the Year Ball as its major fund-raiser and hosts summer and winter carnivals, as well as area championships.

Further information is available on www.swimminggunnedah.com.au