Club Life Members and History

Castle Hill RSL Dolphins - Life Members


Year Name
2016 Kerrie McDonald
2014 Tom Fegan
2012 Lisa Emmett, Peter Duignan, Nikki Siddle
2007 Wendy Breen, Simon Breen, Stephen Coulter
2006 Graham Taylor, Vera Melville
2005 John McIntosh
2002 Penny Bernard
2000 Ron Brettle
1996 Greg Carson, Jan Carson
1992 George Brown                                              
1988 Lena Theuns
1985 Colin Ferguson
1983 Jan Coulter


Club History


Castle Hill RSL Dolphins Swim Club had its origins in West Pennant Hills when Pat Norton (a former Olympic Swimmer who swam backstroke at the 1936 Berlin Games), opened a Swim school at the Sun Valley Pool in 1955. In 1968 as the swim school grew club social races were introduced. In the late 1960's Jan Coulter came to work for Pat Norton and became the club coach.

In 1973 the club was officially registered with NSW Swimming as West Pennant Hills Amateur Swimming Club (ASC).

Max Ruddock was the federal member for the Hills at the time and became patron of the club. His son Phillip Ruddock also lived locally and his children all learnt to swim at the Sun Valley Pool. The Max and Emmie Ruddock trophies are still presented each year and usually Phillip Ruddock finds time to personally present them at the annual summer presentation.

In 1974 the Castle Hill RSL relocated from Old Northern Rd to its present Castle St location. The new club had an indoor 25m pool in the lower floor referred to as "the moat" by the locals. In 1978 the RSL engaged Jan Coulter to operate the swim school. The West Pennant Hills Swimming Club was no longer able to operate from Sun Valley and relocated to the Blind School pool at North Rocks for a short period.

By 1980 the Coulter Swim School had grown and Jan Coulter introduced Friday Night "Developmental Races" at the RSL for her competitive swimmers to swim time trials and races. She applied for the RSL to close the pool to public swimmers from 6-8pm each Friday Night. The swimmers still competed in NSW Swimming events as members of the West Pennant Hills Swimming club. The numbers were high and the West Pennant Hills Swim Club won the Castlereagh District Championships for 5 years in a row from 1978 through until 1982.

In 1982 it was decided to change the name of the club from West Pennant Hills Amateur Swimming Club to Castle Hill RSL Dolphins ASC. The club would swim weekly in the Friday time-slot. Swimmers also participated in NSW State RSL Swimming Championships representing Castle Hill as part of Zone 4, the local district. At the time the club was one of the biggest in the Castlereagh District and hence the Dolphins Swim Club as we know it today was born.