Yabbies hold out hope 50th reunion will still go ahead

The Cobar Yabbies foundation secretary/treasurer, Reg Chandler, plans to be back in Cobar for the club’s 50th anniversary reunion next month.

The Cobar Yabbies Senior Men’s Swim-ming Club is confident their 50th anniver-sary celebrations, planned for next month, will still go ahead … in some form or anoth-er.
Club secretary Bob Clark said after almost 12 months of research and planning, they are hold-ing off on the State Government’s announce-ment this Friday to see if lockdown will be ex-tended before they make a final decision on postponing the event.
“Hopefully NSW will be opened up by next month so we can celebrate our 50 years.
“Unfortunately a full reunion appears to be very unlikely, however if this is the case, a re-union will be held during 2022,” Bob said.
“Ex-Yabbies from all states of Australia to-gether with AIF clubs from Grafton, Twin Towns, Ballina, Coogee, Malabar, Maroubra and clubs from the Western Districts had indi-cated that they would be joining us.”
Among the special guests planning to attend are the club’s foundation secretary/treasurer Reg Chandler (who turns 80 this month) and former ABC Grandstand radio presenter Gerry Collins (who was a former Dubbo Duck mem-ber and competed at the Yabbies’ first ever Co-bar Carnival in 1973).
“Hopefully they will still be able to join us,” Bob said.
“Over the 50 years of the club’s history, a total of 752 members have participated in our swims and we were anticipating between 250-300 would be attending the reunion.”