Club Legends

 

Lesley Arrowsmith

Lesley has been with the Club for several decades and has been a loyal and dedicated volunteer during that time.  She has been a technical official in swimming for nearly 40 years and is Victoria Park Swimming Club’s chief official.  Highlights of her experiences as a technical official include officiating at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. She is a Life Member of SWA in recognition of her service to our sport.

Lesley is still actively involved with the Club and recruits and trains all new club officials.  She is there for all out Club Nights and of course of annual carnival and club championships.

Many people would recognise Lesley from swim meets around WA.  We are proud to have her as part of our club, and in 2016 recognised her service to the Club with the introduction of the ‘Lesley Arrowsmith Life Member’ trophy which will be presented to the winning club at each annual carnival. 

 

Bob Govan (Life Member)

Robert (Bob) Govan was the inaugural amateur swimming coach of the Victoria Park/Carlisle Swimming Club in 1963. The club started with 12 registered swimmers. He remained the swimming coach for the club for 21 years, retiring in 1984 after forming the infamous “Bob’s mob” swimming group.

Under Bob’s stewardship the club had success at state and interclub carnivals and he produced numerous state and Australian champions. He was awarded life membership of the club in 1969.

Bob conducted coaching clinics in country communities and was instrumental in 1981 in the planning and building of the clubrooms along with Stan Hammond of the Somerset water polo club. The club rooms are still in use by the clubs today at the Aqualife Centre.

Bob was inducted into the Victoria Park Sporting walk of fame in 2012 and is a life member of the club.

Rene Hardenbol

Rene was born in Western Australia on 17 May 1971. When he was 12 months of age a diagnosis of “behavioural autism” was made.

From 1986, Rene attended Somerset pool and was coached by George Brown. He became a member of the Victoria Park/Carlisle Swimming club.

In the Special Olympics games in Sydney in 1988, Rene won three gold and a silver medal. In 1989 Rene competed in the first World Games for the Intellectually Disabled in Harnosand Sweden. In these games he won three gold medals, setting world record times in the 400m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 200m backstroke. He also won two silver and five Bronze medals.

At the 1992 Paralympics in Madrid, Rene won five gold, two silver medals and one Bronze medal, setting a world record in the 200m backstroke, and being a member of four world record-breaking relay teams. Those victories saw him honoured in 1993 with the “Medal of the Order of Australia” in the General Division (AOM) for his services to sport as a gold medallist at the Paralympic Games, Madrid.

In November 1994, Rene competed in the first IPC world swimming championships in Malta, winning three gold medals and setting a world record in the 50m and 100m breaststroke. He also won a silver metal. At his retirement from swimming as an elite level at the end of 1994, he held 16 world records.

Rene was inducted into the Victoria Park Sporting walk of fame in 2014.

Tom Brazier (Life Member)

Tom Brazier made a huge contribution to the sport of swimming over a 45 year period as a voluntary administrator from club level to international level.

He was the president of Swimming Western Australia from 1982 to 1985. Also at that time he was a member of the Australian Technical Committee, the state delegate to the Austtralian swimming union and managed four state teams. Tom was made a life member of Sswimming Western Australia in 1985.

Tom was the Vice President and President of Swimming Australia from 1985 to 1992. He was awarded life membership in 1996. He has also held prominent roles such as national planning Coordinator from 1993 to 1997, manager 1984 Los Angeles Olympic swimming team, Manager 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games team, manager 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games swimming team, deputy chair organising Committee 6th World Swimming Championships and member of the organising committee 8th World Swimming Championships.

Tom was inducted into the Victoria Park Sporting walk of fame in 2008, and is a life member of the club and SWA.

Mandy Maywood

Mandy Maywood was born in 1974 and it was apparent from an early age she had severe visual problems rendering her legally blind, having between 3% and 5% vision.

When she was 10, Mandy began her coaching under George Brown at Somerset Aquatics Centre, joining the Victoria Park/Carlisle Swimming club at this time.

She competed in the 1988 Paralympics in Seoul, Korea at which she won a bronze medal for woman’s 100m breaststroke, a bronze medal for woman’s 200m breaststroke and a silver medal for the woman’s 50m breaststroke.

She continued on to compete in the 1992 Paralympics Barcelona at which she won a bronze medal for woman’s 200m breaststroke and a gold medal for woman’s 100m breaststroke. For the gold medal swim, Mandy was presented with the Order of Australia medal in 1993. She also received Australian Sports Medal in 2000.

In 2000 she was invited to be a member of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games torch relay.

Mandy was inducted into the Victoria Park Sporting walk of fame in 2014.

 

Jennifer Reilly (Life Member)

Jennifer Riley burst onto the international swimming scene as a 14 year old, winning four gold and two silver medals at the 1998 Australian Age Championships. In the same year she went on to win a bronze medal at the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games.

In 2002 she won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Manchester Commonwealth Games and in 2006 she won a bronze medal at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Jennifer represented Australia at two Olympic Games (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004), three Commonwealth games and other competitions in Russia, Canada, Hong Kong and Spain.

Jennifer was inducted into the Victoria Park Sporting walk of fame in 2010 and is a life member of the club.

Jill McIntosh

Jill McIntosh was a member of the Victoria Park Swimming Club from 1966 to 1976. Jill broke her first state record at age 11 to 55 yards freestyle and in the same year she medalled in the state championships in four strokes.

In 1968, at age 12 Jill was selected to compete in Hobart as a member of the Western Australian State junior team. In Hobart Jill won gold in four events and placed second in three events.

Jill was a member of the Western Australian state team from 1971 to 1972 winning various medals over this time.

Jill’s career reached spectacular heights, forged from training at the Victoria Park/Carlisle swimming club and in the Swan River.

Jill was inducted into the Victoria Park Sporting walk of fame in 2008 and her mother Betty is a life member of the club.

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