Eastwood honoured at farewell appearance
By STEVE ARCHBOLD
IT seemed like just another day at the office for Coffs Harbour Senior College student Geoff Eastwood.
Attending a national All Schools carnival is second nature to this gifted swimmer whose efforts were rewarded at his farewell appearance last month at Homebush.
Eastwood is the only competitor who has represented NSW at the Australian titles for the past nine years where he has also attended two Pacific School Games.
His outstanding effort was recognised with a special presentation from State swimming during the national championships.
His crowning glory was a win in the 17-19 years 100-metres freestyle in a time of 53.03.
Eastwood, who is renowned for his withering finishing bursts, had the event in his keeping when he took the lead 80-metres out and powered away.
In his other individual events, Eastwood won silver in the 17-18 years backstroke recording 27.82 behind the winning time of 27.53 and was fourth in the 50m freestyle.
Coach and mother Leigh said Geoffrey was extremely pleased with the times he was able to achieve.
Eastwood also swam the backstroke leg for the winning 4 x 50m medley team who broke the previous record and also won gold in the open 4 x 100m freestyle relay, the 4 x 50m freestyle relay and the 8 x 50m mixed freestyle relay.
Dorrigo's Richie Goddard collected a silver medal in his disability category for the 50m freestyle in a personal best time of 29.63 a sizeable 0.3 better than he has ever swum.
He also collected a silver medal in the medley relay and a gold in the freestyle relay.