IF YOU happen to see some tired and drawn out Ducks waddling about the city this week it's probably because they are, after ploughing through 50 metres in the city pool on Sunday.
Dubbo Aquatic and Leisure Centre will host the Western Districts AIF Carnival on Sunday week, February 10 when teams will be here in numbers trying to outwit the handicapper and take home the silverware.
Practice makes perfect and the Ducks were not about to be left behind on Sunday with a series of trials to have them timed to the minute for the big one in just over a week.
Some of the feature events on a packed program will be 30m, 50m and 100m events at full second starts.
Only the best will triumph - we hope the Dubbo RSL Ducks will be up to the task.
One of our best on Sunday was Kara Gray who swam to zero (.00) in the 30m freestyle handicap event and won from Robert Rich and John McLean. This was a top class effort and one that didn't surprise from a talented swimmer.
In the other races, Tom Gray won the 50m freestyle from John McLean and Ian Henderson, while Paul Sinclair and Tom Gray finished one, two in the 100m free.
The lucky number draws were also decided with 35 swimmers on hand. Those people were Mark Scullard, Garry Giddings, Judy Walsh and Matt McDonagh.
Special mention was made to members of the Yeo family and Joanne Ross who took part - as well as four Scullard swimmers.
Coming up also is the Australian National RSL Carnival a Nelson Bay.
On the birthday list, congratulations Greg Salmon.
This Sunday, February 3, we swim for the 'Big On Style' trophy courtesy of Helen McLean. If you thought husband John was hot last Sunday, expect more of the same this week.
John and Helen are also sponsors of the Monthly Trophy and we appreciate their contributions.
Finally, thanks to the Daily Liberal for the top-class illustrated articles covering The Ducks for the past two weeks. Much appreciated and read by all the Ducks - especially.