The City of
Greater Geelong congratulates the Geelong Swimming Club
(GSC) on being named
Swimming Victoria’s Club of the Year for 2020-21.
The club’s success over a strong field of nominations from across the state was
announced at the Swimming Victoria Awards held at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic
Centre on Saturday afternoon.
The club, which is based at the City-managed Kardinia Aquatic Centre
recognised for its strong performance in financial and club management,
membership growth, and inclusion.
Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the GSC increased its membership base by 78
per cent in 2020 while offering reduced fees during the period of forced
Sam Ashby (Head Coach) and his coaching team continued to work with athletes
five days a week via Zoom, before the Council’s decision to open Kardinia
Aquatic Centre during its usual off-season (as a COVID-19 support initiative)
allowed swim training to resume as soon as possible.
The Council has since funded the year-round opening of the centre via its
GSC swimmers went on to achieve outstanding success at the Australian Age and
Open Championships in April this year, highlighted by gold medals to Hayley
Mackinder in the 13-years 100 metre breaststroke and Dylan Logan in the
Multiclass 17/18-years 100 metre backstroke.
The 18-member team was the club’s largest ever for the championships.
GSC president Glenn Benson said the club aims for swimming to be a sport of
choice in the Geelong region, and its success would not have been possible
without a strong relationship with the City of Greater Geelong.
“We are honoured to have received this award, which recognises the vision and
dedication of our amazing committee and coaches, particularly through the
challenges of COVID,” Mr Benson said.
“We’re also very thankful to the Council for its ongoing support.
“We’re fortunate to have access to high quality facilities, and the year-round
opening of Kardinia Aquatic Centre has been particularly beneficial for our
Mayor Stephanie Asher
said the Council and GSC were united in their aims of
developing a healthy and active Greater Geelong community.
“Geelong Swimming Club is a great example of the benefit a community sporting
club brings to the community,” Mayor Asher said.
“The club is very inclusive, giving swimmers of all abilities the opportunity
to achieve their sporting goals, while being active and forming long-lasting
“The Council is absolutely delighted to support swimming in our region,
demonstrated by funding the year-round opening of Kardinia Aquatic Centre in
“We congratulate Glenn, his committee and all club members on their success,
which has brought state-wide recognition to Geelong.”
The award adds to a growing trophy cabinet for GSC, after it also won Club of
the Year, Coach of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year at the 2020
Disability Sport and Recreation Awards.
The club has a 139-year history and has been
based at the Kardinia Aquatic Centre since 1970.