Special Events

The club holds a number of one off special events such as the:

1. Jon Facey Challenge Race

In the 1975/76 season the then Senior Champion, Jon Facey, threw down the gauntlet to all the up and coming bucks from the Junior ranks over a 100m FS match race. The idea was to select the fastest seven 100m swimmers over the season including the 100m Club Championship races and have a one off match race at the end of the season. The event would incorporate separate Men’s and Ladies races.

A large trophy cup was purchased and donated to the club by Jon Facey. Finally the day arrived and in a boil-over Jon Facey was beaten into second place by Duncan Wade with Veronica Hatcher winning the Ladies challenge.

There was much debate as to whether the trophy should be named the Jon Facey “Memorial” Trophy but this light heartedness was sensibly overlooked for the more apt “Jon Facey Challenge Trophy”.

Since then, the trophy has represented a major highlight for all budding stars to aspire to within the Club and has also provided all Club members with a fitting spectacle to cap off the season on a high note.

As an epilogue Jon Facey has competed in the race many times over the years and still to this day has never won. A true example of what the spirit of the trophy and the club represents. Try hard and always give it your best shot, no matter what your age.

2. President’s Challenge Race

In the 1994/95 season the then President, Chris Gray, thought that the prestige of the Jon Facey Challenge Trophy should be extended to encompass the club’s younger swimmers.

Subsequently, Chris donated a trophy called the President’s Trophy. The trophy was to be organised along the same lines as the Jon Facey Challenge Trophy but with 3 major restrictions.

  • The race was to be a 50mFS sprint,
  • the age restriction was 12 years and under, and
  • the swimmer cannot compete for both the Jon Facey and President’s Challenge trophies.

3. JC 1000

Jim Croke was a long time stalwart of the club who was well known to swim at the same pace no matter what the distance.

President Chris Gray organised a 1000m challenge for Jim and the rest of the club and sure enough Jim came in almost exactly the predicted time.

In honour of Jim’s service and committment to the club a special event named the JC 1000 is now held to challenge all our swimmers young and old.

4. Handicap Relay Challenge

Introduced in 2006-07 the Handicap Relay Challenge is held during the first half of the season and allows swimmers to join teams of 4 or 5 to race in 3 handicap relay races over a six week period.

The teams are pre-nominated and a simple pointscore applied. Handicaps are varied each week according to club results and/or the handicapper’s discretion.

A committment to the team, tactical team selection, consistent performances and sheer luck is the recipe for success.

5. Handicap Challenge

The Handicap Challenge is a knockout-style event open to all members who have qualified for and swum the 50m Freestyle event during season.

The event is on a single Saturday morning at the end of the season, and there are heats, semi-finals (if needed) and a final. The winner of the final is named the “Handicap Challenge Champion”.

6. Duathlon

The inspiration of the City to Surf and Cole Classic rough water swim resulted in the introduction of the Annual Duathlon events held on the last day of the season.The Duathlon is a run/swim event held over various distances for the various age brackets (as at 1 Feb) and once again is an example of the variety that the AASC provides its members.

Division Ages Run leg Swim leg
Nippers 9yrs and under 110m 25m
Cadets 10 to 12yrs 330m 100m
Juniors 13 to 15yrs 660m 200m
Seniors 16yrs and over 1000m 300m



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