GEOFFHUEGILL is no stranger to the public eye, whether it?s modelling the latest in speed swimwear, left, before the Athens Oly
GEOFFHUEGILL is no stranger to the public eye, whether it?s modelling the latest in speed swimwear, left, before the Athens Oly

Olympians at Ballina awards

By IAN MONAGHAN

SPORTING identities don't come much bigger and brighter than swim legend Geoff Huegill.

'Skippy', as he's known to Olympic and Commonwealth Games watchers, has a reputation as one of the really happy, nice guys on Australian swim teams of the past decade.

Locals have the chance to rub shoulders with the butterfly specialist ? the veteran of medal-winning performances at the past two Olympics ? in Ballina tomorrow night.

Huegill will be the special guest and speaker at the Ballina Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Sports Awards dinner at the Ballina RSL Club from 6.30pm.

Tickets costing $40 are still available through the club.

Twelve months ago the chamber of commerce launched junior and senior sports award categories for Ballina Shire.

The Northern Star's sister paper, the Ballina Shire Advocate, has been busy compiling sporting nominations received from the public for the past 12 months.

The results will be made known tomorrow night, with 'Skippy' Huegill presiding over what should be an entertaining presentation.

Organisers assure there'll also be the opportunity for those at the presentation to shoot a few questions the Olympian's way.



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