A long-standing club record set by one of Gunnedah’s much-loved swimmers has been broken by talented 11-year-old Josh Spinks.

Ian Bartlett held the 11 years boys 100m butterfly record of 1:14.27 since 1979 and was among the oldest on the club’s books that was still standing. On the weekend, it was finally broken by Spinks who powered home to break the 45-year-old record with a cracking time of 1:13.80. He just missed the medals to finish fourth at the NSW Junior State Age Championships. Ian Bartlett was a talented Gunnedah swimmer who won state and country medals for backstroke and butterfly. A much-loved member of the club for many years, he went on to university and become a doctor, however sadly lost his life to cancer.

The Ian Bartlett Memorial Relay Trophy was introduced in his honour by another successful Gunnedah swimmer Josh Strachan. The 6x50m freestyle relay is raced at the Gunnedah long course carnival every year where the six fastest boys and girls from each age group compete.

Josh claimed three other Gunnedah club records during his successful NSW State Age championships in the 400m freestyle and 50m and 200 breaststroke.

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