Oct 25, 2017
Legends Lunch arouses big crowd – 20th October 2017
Australian women’s Jillaroos rugby league team member Ruan Sims, big wave surfboard rider Mark Matthews and former champion swimmer Geoff Huegill roused guests when they spoke of their amazing achievements and experiences at Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club’s sixth annual Legends Lunch.
Sims, 35, who is a Bondi club member, formerly represented in the Australian women’s Wallaroos rugby union team before switching codes to become a dual rugby international player. She is the elder sister of prominent rugby league players Ashton, Korbin and Tariq Sims.
Matthews, 34, grew up at Maroubra and surfed with fellow well-known Bra Boys before becoming a professional big-wave board rider and a much-sought-after motivational speaker, telling many organisations about overcoming fear and his experiences surfing the world’s biggest waves.
Huegill, 40, held the world record for 50m butterfly from 2000-03, won silver (men’s 4 x 100m medley relay) and bronze (men’s 100m butterfly) at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 and numerous Commonwealth Games medals in 1998 and 2002. He retired from swimming in 2006 and capped a remarkable comeback by winning gold (100m butterfly and 4 x 100m medley relay) and silver (50m butterfly) medals at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.
The event, with FoxSports and Triple M presenter Tony Squires as MC, was held last Friday at Dolton House, Pyrmont Bay, and it was attended by more than 300 guests.
A substantial amount of money was raised from the function, which will help finance the club’s voluntary lifesaving activities that include patrolling Bondi beach on weekends and public holidays between September and April and its other activities.
Words John Blanche and pictures by Garry Beath