Sport early days memories

Marcellin Swimming 1950-1960 - Kevin Doyle

My recollection of Marcellin swimming representatives in the Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC) (I think that was what it was called) were mostly enthusiastic recreational swimmers from various swimming clubs at council pools such as the Camberwell Pool in Willow Grove. That pool no longer exists as the space it once occupied is now part of Camberwell High School. It was replaced by the Booroondara Pool in Belmore Road, North Balwyn. Many of those who represented Marcellin in swimming held season tickets, at their own expense, for Camberwell Pool and were also members of the Camberwell Swimming Club, which met at night-time between the afternoon and evening pool opening hours. That’s about all the coaching we got early on as there was no coaching provided by the school. Transport was via bicycles, which many of us rode to school each day, a far cry from the buses provided in later years. There was a mixed bag of talent but we all gave our best when competing in the ACC meets.