Allan James Kable (1942 – 2015)

Allan was born in 1942.

Allan in younger years was very successful in swimming. Alan is pictured below as a member of the Bankstown Junior Technical School Swimming Team

An article in the Canberra Times from 19/01/1959

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Allan’s record stood for 8 years, see the article in he Biz below

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In 1964 Allan joined the Umina Surf Life Saving Club.

Alan Kable who was amongst the elite Australian swimmers, joined the club. Alan held many still water records and had been the Australian Stillwater champion for several years. Wanda Surf Club had been extremely keen for Alan to join their ranks as he had beaten their champions several time in invitations ocean swims prior to Alan joining Umina. Alan repeatedly won both the Open Mens surf race and open belt race at both intra and inter club level. His diligence as a hard working active member was appreciated. This was shown when Alan was helping to fix the roof to stage one of the building. The alarm was raised that there was a swimmer in trouble, Alan jumped off the roof and successfully performed a rescue as beltman. Much to the amazement of Noel Astill.

Due to all available members and associates requirements concerning clubhouse construction work happening on the same day, no Club members were able to compete at a branch carnival. Alan Kable did not get the message and turned up at the carnival with no reel for the belt race or team to feed the line. Some members of Killcare, McMasters and other clubs pitched in to make up his team and he still won by 20 yards. However he was disqualified, but in an act of sportsmanship Paul (Yabba) Hughes (Ocean Beach) who had been awarded first place as a result of the disqualification, willingly offered Alan his trophies.

The 2 sections above are from “A Brief History 1959 – 1969 Umina SLSC”.

Photo SMH – Allan talking to upcoming talent.

Allan married in 1967 in Bankstown to Kerry Anne Smith.

Allan died on 04/04/2015, age 73, late of Umina Beach, formerly of Bankstown as posted in the SMH dated 08/04/2015.