Profile: Cairns Mudcrabs
In June 1982, Graeme Rosemond (our first President) was approached by Peter Tibbs (the lessee of the Tobruk Pool to form an AUSSI (Australian Union of Senior Swimmers International) club. With the support of many people who swam in their lunch hour, as well as hospital and airport staff, the club was formed at a meeting held at Tobruk pool on August 10, 1982. Cairns Mudcrabs began swimming on a Tuesday night at Tobruk pool on 21 September 1982.
Thirty-two years later, Cairns Mudcrabs remains the strongest Masters’ Club in North Queensland. Enthusiastic swimmers, who volunteer their time and energy for the love of swimming, are still fronting of a Tuesday night. Down through the years there have been some changes – whilst still meeting on a Tuesday night, the club now meets at Woree pool and not Tobruk. The club also meets at the 25 metre pool at Gordonvale of a Sunday morning. The format of a Tuesday night has changed from a race meet to one where members are coached by a body of very capable and enthusiastic coaches. There are club rooms and covered areas at both venues.
Muddies celebrates its foundation each year with an annual dinner and each year a member becomes the recipient of the ‘Alan Burgoyne Memorial Award’. Alan was a foundation member who exemplified the qualities of participation, enthusiasm, leadership and improvement to club. Members vote for a current member who they believe is following in the footsteps of Alan.
At the first meeting held in August 1982, it was decided to make available food and refreshments after the club night as a good opportunity for everyone to meet and talk. The post swim barbecue on Tuesday nights continues to be an integral part of Tuesday nights with chief cook – Michael serving up some treats. After Sunday swims tea/coffee and goodies are served poolside.
In February 1983,Graeme Rosemond approached Peter Tibbs about a coaching session. This is now part of every session with coaches pool side on Tuesday nights and Sunday morning.
Members are attracted by:
- both a 50 and 25 meter pool for training
- members work together harmoniously for the good of the club with members volunteering to take on many different roles
- socialising after swim sessions and occasionally in between
- membership is open to either social or competitive swimmers- 28 social members, 26 competitive.
- fundraising events such as sausage sizzles, mango picking are fun
- free coaching by qualified coaches is available
- the club compete in swim meets and ‘Open Water Swims’
- the club upholds the motto – fun, fitness and friendship