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:
Caragabal Active Farmers
S&C McFarlane Builders
Lachlan Fertilizers Rural
Peter Mellon Motors
Grenfell Fitness Centre
The Tin Cupboard
Grenfell Post Office
Tammy’s Hair Design
Gordon Garling Moffitt
Aston & Joyce
5 Hours West
Grenfell Bowling Club
Grenfell Bowling Club Bistro
Weddin Shire Council
Active Farmers Grenfell
St Joseph’s School
Craig Smith – F M & S
Baker Grain Services
Junior Rugby Union
Country Education Foundation
Quandialla Fitness Centre
Active Farmers Quandialla
Stevens Bulk Haulage
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