Jim Pye (the Minty Man) passed away on Saturday 30 October in his 83rd year. For over 40 years Jim was an untiring worker for Cumberland Swimming, RSL Swimming, School Swimming and Swimming New South Wales.

Jim joined Merrylands Swimming Club as a foundation member in 1968 and he was also a foundation member of the Toongabbie Swimming Club when it was formed in 1972. In 1976 he also became a foundation member of Guildford Swimming Club as its first Treasurer and then be became its President for many years.

Jim qualified for his first Technical Officials credential in 1971 and qualified as a Referee in 1974. From 1971 he worked at many State Meets in most Technical Officials positions, including Referee and officiated at his first Australian Championship in 1975. Jim worked at every RSL State Championships from 1974 until 2004 and assisted the Executive of the State RSL in setting up the State RSL Swimming Championships.

He was Cumberland’s delegate to the Swimming NSW Metropolitan Committee from 1978 to 2003 and was Chairman of that Committee for 15 years. He officiated at School meets at all levels from 1986, including District, Regional and State Championships, and also the Pacific School Games in Sydney, Darwin, and Perth.

Jim was awarded Life Membership of the Merrylands Swim Club, the Cumberland District Association, which is now Swimming Metro South West, Combined High Schools Swimming and was an Honorary Life Member of Blacktown City Swim Club.

Other recognitions that Jim has received for his outstanding contribution to swimming include:
  • In 1998 – he was recognized by the State RSL for his long service to RSL Swimming.
  • In 2000 he received the Australian Sports Medal for service to swimming.
  • In 2001 received an award from the Union of Old Swimmers for Outstanding Contribution to Swimming.
  • In 2003 Jim received the NSW Department of Sports and Recreation Distinguished Long Service award.
  • And in 2007 was awarded a Swimming NSW Service Excellence Award.

See Also
  • James Pye, 1927-2010

  • Mr Jim Pye, Life Member


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Jim Pye was an active member of
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    Jim Pye was an active member of the NSW Swimming community for over 40 years.