Ken's Beachside Farewell

This morning's Beachside Farewell to the life of our friend and club stalwart Ken Phillips was a very special moment. With Ken looking down on a magnificent sunny spring morning, a large contingent of Mannas and friends assembled at Doddi's Beach to say goodbye. Thank you to Ken's son Tom and wife Gerda for coming down to share this special moment with us at such a difficult time.

Starting precisely on time (as Ken always insisted we do), President Steve Crake spoke warmly of Ken's friendship, achievements and awards. Steve also touched on some of the numerous contributions Ken made to our Club and the wider swimming community. Ken was not only a good friend, swimming buddy, and competitor, but also an outstanding club man, volunteer official and mentor. (For more information, you might like to visit to Ken's Get Inspired webpage).

The group then moved down on to the beach and into the water, where they linked arms to form a large circle before observing a minute's silence, scattering petals on the water and belting out a resounding three cheers to a life well lived!