Whitehall Celebrate 126yrs

On 21st March 2013 a Civic Reception was held at Dundee City Chambers to recognise Whitehall 126yrs in swimming.

Throughout the years Whitehall have produced a number of swimmers, polo players and divers. A few of them brought honours to the Club-

Andy Sharp, 6 Scottish Championships just before the WW2, was in the Merchant Navy for six years and couldn't take up where he left of before the war. Andy settled down in New Zealand.

Dundee's best ever champion was Robert Sreenan, 11 British Championships,10 Scottish Championships, swam in the 1952 Olympic, the 1958 european and Commonwealth Games. To this day, he still holds the double Tay swim record from Broughty Ferry to Tayport and back.

The day Robert broke the record, he dived of Broughty Ferry pier and at the same time the Fife boat left Dundee for Newport but Robert was back in the Ferry before the Fife boat returned to Dundee.

Ian Blyth swam in the 1960 Olympics and was a runner-up in the ASA butterfly championships.

Flora McDonald Connelly, ASA runner-up in the 200m butterfly, Scottish record holder for butterfly and individual medley events, was also a Masters World championand record holder - and is in the hall of fame in Fort Lauderdale (USA) and Stirling.

Divers Jimmy Boland, Bob Thomson and Audrey Russell were all Midlands District Champions.

Bert Downie was Midlands District backstroke champion.

From the early days, Whitehall had very good senior and junior teams winning Midlands and Scottish tiltles at water polo - Johnstone Edwards and Archie Powrie were chosen for Scotalnd in 1905, Archie Powrie become Lord Provost of Dundee from 1946-49. Other players chosen for Scotland and were in six Scottish Cup finals in the early 60's were - John Ferguson, John Miller, Frank Jordan(our very own), Phil Sheridan and Ally Calder.

The Civic Reception was very well attended, even Whitehall's oldest member, Mrs Lena Rielly age 96yrs, was there.