ANNIVERSARY: Cutting the Allora Swimming Club 50th anniversary cake are life members Noel May and Heather Slatter, life member and club patron Marg Rackley and youngest club member in attendance Chloe Harm.
ANNIVERSARY: Cutting the Allora Swimming Club 50th anniversary cake are life members Noel May and Heather Slatter, life member and club patron Marg Rackley and youngest club member in attendance Chloe Harm.

Plenty of success down the years in Allora swimming

COMMENT WITH GERARD WALSH

CONGRATULATIONS to the Allora Swimming Club on its 50th anniversary.

In my first few years at the Daily News, I remember doing a lot of stories about the outstanding swimming success of Donna-Maree Willett. Now a quarter of a century later, her children are competing with great success.

I read a report on the club 50th which will be printed later this week and many of the names are familiar.

Noel May was at the celebration, a volunteer recognised by a shield contested by Allora and Clifton clubs.

The anniversary cake was cut by life members Noel May and Heather Slatter, life member and patron Marg Rackley and the youngest current club member, Chloe Harm.

Kate Gordon and Marg Rackley taught Allora children to swim in the 1960s and 1970s.

Roy Nott is the current president and Sharon Whittaker shared her memories at the weekend of the March, 1966, opening.

Allora is steeped in sporting tradition and it is great to see the continuation of a sporting tradition at the Allora Swimming Pool. The best swimmers, aged 10 to 12, will compete at Southern Downs trials at the Allora pool on Friday.

When you start talking clubs and history, there are volunteers galore, those who timed when they were short one night to those with 50 or more years of volunteer work at the club.

Talking Allora, well done to Matthew Denny for being runner-up in the Sports Darling Downs Senior Sports Star of the Year award at the weekend.

The next two inductions to the Allora Regional Sports Museum Hall of Fame are on Saturday week at Allora.

Past state representative rugby league players Fred and Col Laws are being inducted into the hall of fame and Steve Gibson will become the first regional icon of sport.

I recall when Steve was rated the best fullback in Great Britain when he was with Salford but couldn't go for national representation - he's an Aussie.



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