Val Campbell celebration

Val Campbell and some of her many swimmers at her celebration of 50 years with Bendigo East Swimming Club

Thank you, Val!!!

This week sees an end of an era with Val Campbell retiring after 44 years of coaching with Bendigo East Swimming Club. Val has been involved with the club for over 50 years. Val joined the Club as a parent in 1967, becoming a committee member in 1968 and starting coaching in 1974. Since this time, she has been a regular coach to development swimmers contributing to the success and sustainability of the swim club and district swimming.
For 44 years Val has committed her time and commitment to helping children develop a love of swimming and introducing them to the sport of competitive swimming. Val has also been a member of the Bendigo East Ladies Committee Dolphin Social Club and Junior President of the Central Victorian Amateur Swimming Association. She has supported swimmers to develop their talents to district, country and up to state level. She was instrumental in commencing swimming lessons for hearing-impaired children in Bendigo in the 1980s. In 1992 she published a book chronicling the history of the Bendigo East Swimming Club and the Progress Club from its earlier origins. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to swimming including the Alan Masters Trophy for outstanding service to the club, life membership of Bendigo East Swimming Club in 1997 and Life Membership of District 15 Swimming in 2014 She received a national coaching recognition award from the Australian Coaching Council in 1994 and was awarded an Australian Sports Medal for her services to swimming in 2000. Val was awarded the inaugural Zonta Women of Achievement prize in 2016. Her passion and commitment to swimming and development of children's skills has been recognised by the local community, with many having known someone who was 'taught by Val'. Val Campbell is considered a 'woman of achievement' by all in her community. The Club has been incredibly fortunate to have had Val's inspiration, efforts and guiding hands for so many years, and wishes Val all the very best for the future in her most well earned retirement.

Outstanding results at the 2017 Victorian Age Championships

The great form of the Bendigo East swimmers continued at the 2018 Victorian Age championships,as the team of 22 competed brilliantly and achieved some outstanding results at MSAC. In a fabulous week of racing, swimmers competed in 65 events and recorded 38 personal best times, breaking 16 District and 18 Club records. The Club was represented in 13 individual finals along with the girls 12/under medley relay team of Maggie Burke, Ella Downing, Emily Kearns and Veda Haines, who performed brilliantly to finish 6th.

The team was led by Layla Day, who claimed 2 silver medals in the 14 years girls 100m and 200m backstroke and 3 bronze medals in the 200m IM, 50m and 10m freestyle, Cameron Jordan with 2 silver medals in the 16 years boys 100m nad 200m breaststroke, and Emily Kearns who claimed bronze in the 12 years girls 100m backstroke. Finalists included Hunter Boswell in the 11/under boys 100m and 200m backstroke, Ella Downing in the 12 years girls 200m backstroke and Lily-May Kirby in the 12 years girls 100m butterfly.

The club was represented by 22 swimmers in total: Matthew Baxter, Hunter Boswell, Maggie Burke, Layla Day, Ella Downing, Harry Downing, Mila Grant, Veda Haines, Thomas Hawke, Cameron Jordan, James Kealy, Emily Kearns, Nicholas Kearns, Lily-May Kirby, Zalli Lau, Ziggy Lau, Lincoln McKern, Gus Nankervis, Claudia Mountjoy, Varlee Nihill, Kiara Verbeek and Sophie Waller. Congratulations on an fantastic week!

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The Bendigo East Swimming Club is very proud of the joint venture with the Melbourne Vicentre club. As a result of this arrangement, swimmers have opportunities to train with Vicentre squads in Melbourne on a regular basis. The club looks forward to the further development and strengthening of the links with one of the strongest clubs in Australia.

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