East Grinstead Swimming Club 100 Years Celebrations
2012 saw the centenary of the East Grinstead Swimming Club. Celebrations started one weekend in May of that year when the club held the ' Big Swim' where club members were tasked with swimming 100 miles in 50 hours in the town's High Street. What a great start to the celebrations.
They continued on the evening of Saturday 5th January 2013 when the Club held a party at the Jubilee Centre in the town. The hall was decorated with balloons of the old club colours of blue and gold together with the current colours of black and silver as well as a display board depicting the history of the club over the past 100 years. This was collated by Allan Rees starting with pictures of the town's outdoor pool in1912 for men only, through to the life-saving division and then the spin-off of the Tadpoles (Swimming for Disabled) which is now run separately.
The event was attended by both past and present members including swimmers and parents alike, some spanning across 3 generations within one family. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet 'old' friends and colleagues and share memories. Allan spoke of his time with the club, and its history, followed by Clive Mattock, who held the Chair for 10 years from mid-nineties. Several star swimmers from this era attended the evening, with their families, and this was the time when the Club performed at the highest league level of its existence. Finally, the future was outlined by current Chair, Paul Crowther, who had organised the Big Swim, mentioned earlier, and whose words he had very eloquently put into verse.
I would like to thank all those involved in its organisation as well as all those who came along to make the event such a success. The club is now looking forward to the next 25 years and another reason to celebrate.
Jenny Herbert – Club President