Tony and Gillian

Sydney People
Andrew Burges

Prince Alfred Park Pool fans

For 2 Chippendale residents, the City’s Prince Alfred Park Pool is more than just a great place to swim. 

Chippendale couple Tony Andersen and Gillian McDonald swim regularly at Prince Alfred Park pool as part of a rehabilitation program. They’re recovering from terrible injuries after a 4-wheel-drive crashed into them while they rode their bikes along Southern Cross Drive in March 2014.

Riding at the back of a peloton that day, 68-year-old Tony broke his back, sternum, clavicle, arm, 9 ribs and facial bones when the car collided with the 7 riders, 4 of whom were seriously injured. Gillian, riding just ahead of him, had a nerve ripped from her arm in the accident.

Tony and Gillian had always been active, even into their retirement. They’ve both competed in multiple ironman/woman contests and Gillian’s a yoga enthusiast. 

Swimming has become a crucial part of their recovery after the devastating accident. They now swim 2km twice a week, so they’re delighted the City’s keeping the Prince Alfred Park Pool open through winter. 

“It’s absolutely fantastic that the pool will stay open during the winter because the swimming is really helping with my recovery, especially with my upper body,” said Tony. 

“We’ve been rejoicing that we’re able to swim here during the winter,” he said. 

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Last updated: Thursday, 11 June 2015