Tomorrow boys and girls who have swum at least two 50m backstroke races this season can compete for the coveted Ann Beardsmore Trophy. Ann was a champion backstroker as a young girl and qualified with Gergaynia Beckett for the 1956 Olympic squad sent to train in Townsville. Unfortunately, she was not picked for the final Melbourne-bound team but swimming remained a passion. Ann Beardsmore became Ann Hart who many of us see on most Saturday mornings timing her daughter and grandchildren as they race. Three generations of her family have been enthusiastic members of the club and she remains the Club’s Patron.
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