As the historic Sandgate Swimming Club approaches its centenary year, it is celebrating early with a host of recent successes in the pool.
Communications Coordinator Michelle Fraser says the club is very much focused on the grassroots of the sport, but all too often have lost swimmers to larger clubs as they became more competitive.
“Since the inception of the Brisbane Premiership, our club has remained in the third division level of competition,” she says.
“However under the guidance of head coach Jacquie Francis, our competitive team has grown in numbers and improved performances at Regional and State Level.
“For the first time ever, Sandgate Storm commenced the new season in July 2017 having been promoted to the second division of competition, finishing in 11th place out of 20 clubs.”
Michelle says the results were record-breaking and for the club’s size, they are “punching well above their weight”.
“The team are enthusiastic and inspired for themselves, each other and the club,” she says.
“Our swimmers have formed a supportive team, where the younger members look up to the achievements of the senior ranks, and the older swimmers take time to encourage and develop the junior club members.”
Michelle says history and tradition are important elements of the club.
“We have so much history to be grateful for, which is why we are so excited about the upcoming inaugural Murdoch Mile Trophy, in honour of past member, long-term Sandgate resident and 1964 winner of the annual mile race, Jim Murdoch.
“The Murdoch Mile Trophy will become an annual celebration of club history to launch each new
Jim Murdoch is the club’s number one supporter and says the introduction of the Murdoch Mile Trophy encourages club swimmers to test themselves over the long distance while maintaining a sense of tradition.
“In the 1950s, I learnt to swim at the Sandgate Swim Club and continued swimming with the club at weekly club meets and representative events until 1966,” he says.
“I originally swam the mile in the old saltwater pool, which was located off the rock wall near the end of Fourth Avenue and although the records for that era have been lost, I clearly remember being awarded the winner’s pennant for the Open Mile in the 1964/ 65 season.”
For more information on the season or to become involved with the club visit www.sandswim.com.au