It’s a Ducks life for Judy
JUDY Walsh was the first female to join the Dubbo Diggers Swimming Club; on Friday night she was awarded the Ducks’ highest honour – Life Membership.
The award was made to Judy’s daughter on Friday night. The Ducks latest Life Member received the news over the phone and received it in person on Monday (see photo).
“Unfortunately, I was indisposed and not able to get to the Presentation but not to be outdone, I got a phone call from Tom Gray who presented it to me while on loud speaker to the rest of the club! That would have to be first I think,” Judy said.
“I am very humbled by the award. I regard the club and all the members as part of my extended family. They would have to be the most supportive bunch of people and they have been my salvation, particularly when I was doing the hard yards.
“Who would have thought that when I infiltrated the men’s domain some 20 years ago – after a lot of comments and discussions – that I would be made a Life Member.
“The Ducks were incredibly supportive when my husband Brian was ill and died and they have kept me under their wings ever since. They are a very special group,” Judy went on with more than a hint of emotion in her voice. The following is from the letter of commendation written by Dubbo Ducks Club Patron Reg Ferguson OAM.
“In April 1988, Judy became the first female swimmer to be accepted into the Ducks family. I must admit it did cause a lot of interesting comment and discussion from the male members at the time!
Judy’s infiltration into the men’s domain was the beginning of an insurgence of the women’s “brigade”.
This 20-year veteran member comes from a famous Ducks family. Judy’s late husband Brian was one of the alltime greats and was awarded Life Membership in 2008 after 40 years of service to the Ducks.
Judy is a previous winner of the Ken Mcmullen trophy which is awarded annually for outstanding service to the community and is a former vice-captain of the club.
“@Madam Butterfly”, as Judy is commonly known, is a prolific winner at Western Districts AIF. She has also competed successfully at National level, recording many placings in her events. She is also a continuous winner of her age groups in the Ducks Club Championship.
Judy is the Club’s Publicity Officer and her weekly columns in Dubbo Photo News are eagerly anticipated.
Judy is a great believer in encouraging Ducklings into the club. She is currently training two of her great-granddaughters and looking forward to the time these two little “Quackers” join the Ducks on the pond!
Judy has had well over 500 swims with the Ducks and shows no signs of slowing down. She has overcome illness and trains regularly.
Judy is one of the most popular members of the Dubbo Ducks, loved and admired by all. She is a wonderful worker at all the club’s activities, always willing to lend a hand when required.
Judy and Brian became the first married couple to become Life Members of the famous Ducks. Theirs is a truly magnificent achievement.
Judy Walsh with Tom Gray and her Life Membership certificate.