Talented sportsman Lyndon Hart, who continues to give so much of his time helping others, is the 2018 Godfather of the Year.
Swimming and hockey were his sports of choice, and he was a competitive swimmer, competing regularly at State Level.
Lyndon’s claim to fame was beating Kieren Perkins in a race. Granted it was in high-school, and backstroke. Nonetheless beating someone who later became a four-time Olympic medallist and former world record-holder in three events sounds very impressive!
Lyndon studied Physiotherapy at LaTrobe University Parkville, then Bundoora. Throughout his senior schooling he taught learn-to-swim programs. During university he coached many different squads, a lot of which were private schools.
After marrying Fiona Glover, from Wilby, in 2003 the couple decided to settle in Yarrawonga.
It was a big day for Lyndon, who travelled back from Melbourne after an exciting and successful day in state level competition for local swimmers he coaches.
“I love the swimming club. It’s a passion of mine,” he said. “This year we have 73 swimmers which is good for a small club. Thank you very much for this award.”
Godfathers President Graham Wilson outlined the excellent background of Lyndon before having much pleasure in announcing him as the Godfather of Year.
Lyndon relocated his physiotherapy practice, Body Tech Physiotherapy to Yarrawonga and opened in Yarrawonga in July 2003. He provided on site physiotherapy treatment to the Yarrawonga Football and Netball Club for five years including the 2006 premiership.
“Lyndon did a marvellous job over several years and it was very much appreciated,” highly decorated and long serving former football netball president Glenn Brear said.
“That involvement definitely contributed to the Pigeons being successful because if you don’t have fit players, you don’t stand a chance.”
Upon moving to Yarrawonga Lyndon became involved in the Yarrawonga Mulwala Swimming Club, as a swimmer for the first year.
Then he was asked to join the coaching team, where he formed a formidable partnership and friendship with Kevin White. Lyndon is the head coach, and coaches the state squad.
The Yarrawonga Outdoor Pool season is short, from November to March. However, for the past 14 years Lyndon has taxied numerous swimmers to Barooga (first 4 years) and now Wangaratta twice a week over the winter months for winter training.
Lyndon spends numerous hours at the computer writing and preparing training programs, reading journals and attending seminars for professional development.
From November to March, Lyndon is at the Yarrawonga Swimming Pool four mornings per week, four evenings per week and there is usually Sunday Ovens & Murray Swim Meet.
The ultimate goal is to have as many swimmers as possible qualify to attend the Victorian Country Swimming Championships, held annually over the long weekend in January. This year the Championships were held in Shepparton. A total of 15 swimmers represented Yarrawonga Mulwala, consisting of 11 individual and four relay swimmers.
Lyndon was very proud of this year’s efforts, being the biggest squad of swimmers from the Yarrawonga Mulwala Swimming Club. Given their training commenced in May 2017, it was a great reward for the countless hours of training they had put in.
“As a swimming coach, Lyndon was very good, technically very, very sound and probably the best I’ve seen in the O and M,” immediate past and long serving Yarra-Mul Swimming Club President Dario Prighel said.
“It’s not just the coaching. He does lots of tasks, is very committed to the club and a great club ambassador.”
Outside his sporting commitments, Lyndon became involved as an active member of the Wilby Rural Fire Brigade. He held the position of Secretary for about 12 years before becoming Captain two years ago.
“Lyndon is one of those special people who puts his hand up all the time,” immediate past captain for 18 years and now Group Officer, Craig Prescott said.
“He’s involved 110 per cent. As captain, he’s incredibly dedicated and is Yarrawonga Group Training Officer which is such a difficult job to fill. He’s my right hand man and a very capable fireman.”
Craig summed it up perfectly: “Lyndon is definitely a worthy winner of the Godfather Award.”