Friendships at Aqualink

Whitehorse News - August 2021

Come for a swim, stay for the banter

If you come down to Aqualink Nunawading on a Friday morning, you’ll notice a friendly group of men sitting around, enjoying a coffee and having a yarn.

This has been a tradition for this group for fifteen years now. What began as a friendly invitation for a chat after a swim has evolved into a weekly gathering of close friends from all walks of life.

“For years we’d bumped into each other in the change rooms and said hello,” said Peter Moore, a retired teacher. “Eventually we started catching up for a coffee and a real friendship developed from it.”

“More and more people started to come along,” said David Graham, a retired defence scientist who helps coordinate the weekly catch-ups. “If someone comes into Aqualink, we always invite them to come join us.” 

The group currently consists of 15 men from fascinating backgrounds who come and go from week to week. With former policemen, engineers, technicians, army veterans, truck drivers and more represented at this cheery table, there is never a shortage of stories to be shared.

“The knowledge among this group is absolutely brilliant,” said Jack Rozinszky, who himself was a taekwondo champion. “Everyone listens to each other, asks each other questions and we all treat each other as equals. I’m really proud to be a part of this group.”

The friends will bring in cakes for each other’s birthday, food that they’ve grown at home and sometimes even gadgets to share with the tech savvy crowd.

Although they kept in touch over the phone throughout COVID lockdowns, the men love coming to Aqualink each week to see each other after having a swim, exercising in the gym or using the steam room.

“We all met using the facilities here. Some of us have been members for over 30 years, we love it,” said David. “Aqualink is great, all the staff and patrons are so friendly.”

“As older men, it’s great to have that social outlet where we feel comfortable to talk, listen and share advice with one another.” “As older men, it’s great to have that social outlet where we feel comfortable to talk, listen and share advice with one another.”
– David Graham