The Beginning of Ice Picks
Half a century ago (1961), a few blokes (aged in their late thirties and early forties), were having a quiet ale or two on a Friday evening at the Dee Why R.S.L. and as the summer swimming season was drawing to a close, it was suggested that they continue to swim during the winter months. Several drinks later the suggestion was agreed upon.
Tom Dawson was the main instigator
The main instigator was the late Tom Dawson, a giant of a man, being an ex-heavyweight boxer, and a front row rugby league player. With the above credentials, it was obvious Tom was a very forceful bloke, but with an extremely gentle nature. He convened a meeting, appointed the necessary office bearers he required, with himself as President.
The Dee Why Surf Club Amateur Swimming Club, were then approached for permission to use their premises, which was readily granted from both organisations, with the Warringah Shire Council allowing the use of the rock pool.
During our first two seasons, the Ice Picks operated as a sporting body of the R.S.L. with all office bearers being persons with R.S.L. qualifications. To many members this situation did appear to be unfair, therefore a meeting was convened with the result the Ice Picks became a separate organisation for the year 1963.
To quote a saying:
1st Bloke: “The Ice Picks may not be the best club on the coast.”
2nd Bloke: ”But I can assure you they are not the second best.”
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