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Wodonga Big Splash

Middy’s Makes a Big Splash in Albury/Wodonga. The twin towns of Albury and Wodonga aren’t located anywhere near the sea, but that didn’t stop four customers and staff from Middy’s Albury and Middy’s Wodonga, AKA “The Middy’s Monstars”, from jumping into the water on a sweltering hot day in early March to raise awareness for mental health in The Big Splash...

The Albury Wodonga Big Splash Swim is a swimming event coordinated by the Albury Tigers Water Polo Club in memory of team member Mary Baker who tragically took her life in 2011, aged 15. Thanks to 116 teams from the local community of tradesmen, community groups, local businesses, schools and sporting clubs, this year’s event raised over $15,000 at the Albury Swim Centre on 2 March.

The Middy’s Monstars were out to win the Tradies & Motor Industry Test - 4 x 50m Freestyle T-Shirt Relay, or at least achieve a better result than last year where they came home last. This year, Wodonga Branch Manager Mat got them off to a good start. Wearing a Middy’s jersey, he passed it onto the next team member Brian, who kept the momentum and then passed the jersey onto David who swam like a dolphin. With EDC Electrical desperate to beat the Middy’s team, David passed the jersey to Ryan who, in a hot finish, moved the team up to fourth position, just missing out on the podium.

We thank the Middy’s Monstars team members for their tremendous effort and “almost podium” finish - Mat Harrington (Wodonga Branch Manager),Brian Hodgson (Albury Branch Manager), David Grech (Middy’s Wodonga) and Ryan Summerfield (Glynncorp Electrical) and their mascot, the fabulous Middy’s Monster, who was played very graciously in the heat by Daniel Hanley (Middy’s Wodonga) and his handy helper, Luke Young (Middy’s Albury).

The Middy’s Monstars team thanks Peter Russell from Wodonga Switchboards for the invitation to attend and is already looking forward to jumping in again next year to make an even bigger splash.

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