Annual Business House Relays 2018

On Saturday February 17, 34 teams competed in the 44th annual Business House Relays swimming event at the new Grenfell Aquatic Centre. This tied in well with the official opening of the Grenfell Aquatic Centre held at 5.30pm. Weddin Shire Council General Manager Glenn Carroll was master of ceremonies and together with John Barilaro - Deputy Premier and Minister for regional NSW, Minister for skills and small business, Stephanie Cook -  Member for Cootamundra, Gino Gigliotti - Director ICON Building Group, Mark Liebich - Weddin Shire Mayor, Brenden Hayes - Director of Environmental Services, Weddin Shire Councillors and other special guests officially opened the Grenfell Aquatic Centre.

John Barilaro and Stephanie Cooke also presented Roma Sinclair and Frank Freudenstein with an award for their community service and outstanding support in all areas of the swimming facilities – both past and present. Together they have had a lifetime of service to nurture, guide and support swimming in the Weddin Shire.

The Business House Relays was a fun and friendly competition. The night was run by the Rotary Club of Grenfell and the Grenfell Amateur Swimming Club There was a large crowd in attendance which created an exciting community atmosphere for all the competitors and spectators.

After the very competitive heats, repacharges and semi-finals the finals came down to the following six fastest teams to compete for the top spot.

The six fastest teams were:

Lane 1: Gordon Garling Moffitt Gropers – Vanessa Gibson, Peter Moffitt, Rachael Power, Megan Hughes

Lane 2: Trucurnook – Telethia, Ky, Charli and Mea O’Byrne

Lane 3: Caragabal Active Farmers - Emma West, Haille West, Kate Masin, Sarah Ryan

Lane 4: S&C McFarlane Builders – Jeremy Montgomerie, Shane McFarlane, Sienna McFarlane, Leann Logan

Lane 5: Oliver‘s Hardware – Mark Hughes, Matt Randall, Greg Oliver, Kye Smith

Lane 6: Weddin Shire Council – Nicola Baker, Chad White, Brendan Hayes, Lachlan Gibson

Drum roll please … the winner of the 2018 annual Business House Relays was Trucurnook swum by all the O’Byrne children – well done and congratulations -  Telethia, Ky, Charli and Mea.

It is also great to mention the place getters below:

1st – Trucurnook

2nd – Gordon Garling Moffitt – Gropers

3rd – Weddin Shire Council

4th – S&C McFarlane

5th – Caragabal Active Farmers

6th – Oliver’s Hardware

A huge thank you to all our sponsors, your continued, generous support and community spirit allows this unique event to occur each year. This event is a great fundraiser for the all the swimmers involved in the club so the funds go straight back to the kids.  Rotary have been a keen supporter of this event since its inception many years ago. Since then the business houses of the town and district have continued their generous sponsorship every year thus enabling this unique event to be so successful.

Thank you to our following sponsors:


Bromar Engineering

Caragabal Active Farmers

Chris’s Bakery

Weddin Wool

S&C McFarlane Builders

Grenfell Shoes

Criterion Hotel

Lachlan Fertilizers Rural

Peter Mellon Motors

Railway Hotel

Grenfell Fitness Centre

Grenfell Laundry

Grenfell Motel

CJ Anderson



Oliver’s Hardware

The Tin Cupboard

Hardy’s Garage

Grenfell Furniture

Mitton Brothers

Loaders Coaches

Grenfell Post Office

Tammy’s Hair Design


Gordon Garling Moffitt

Grenfell Pharmacy


Aston & Joyce

5 Hours West

Grenfell Bowling Club

Grenfell Bowling Club Bistro

Grenfell Commodities

Weddin Shire Council

Browns Earthmoving

Active Farmers Grenfell

St Joseph’s School

Grenfell Preschool

Craig Smith – F M & S

Baker Grain Services

Junior Rugby Union

Country Education Foundation

Quandialla Fitness Centre

Active Farmers Quandialla

Stevens Bulk Haulage

Bendigo Bank

Grenfell Meat Barn

Thank you to Frank Freudenstein for his ongoing talents as the starter of the races. Thank you also to the ladies in the office, Glennis Clarke, Judy McGuiness and Megan Starr for their ongoing expertise in the engine room working out all the handicaps plus thank you to volunteers on the Rotary BBQ and Lion’s jumping castle, which the kids loved plus Roma Sinclair and Sue Armstrong selling raffle tickets for the following raffles:


1st prize - $125 IGA open order – won by Lyn Hucker and kindly donated by Roma Sinclair

2nd prize - $75 meat voucher – won by Judy McGuiness and kindly donated by Grenfell Meat Barn