The Bay’s young swimmers stand to benefit from a partnership being forged between Greerton BaySwim and Greerton Swimming Club.
BaySwim manager Matthew Strange says the formal connection between the two is a way of fulfilling the goal of keeping children on a swimming path once they have learnt to swim. While BaySwim focuses on learning to swim, Greerton Swimming Club takes children who already have swimming ability.
“We want the kids to remain in the water continuing their swimming and swimming development, so we see this as a natural progression,” Matt says.
Greerton Swimming Club offers squad swimming through coaching partner Swimming Opportunities, with junior squad training sessions at least twice a week. Members can be there purely to develop their swimming and/or retain fitness, or they may opt to move into the competitive arena. Club members include those swimming for triathlon, water polo and surf club training, for example, as well as competitive swimming.
Greerton Swimming Club president Michael Pugh says once young people get into squad swimming they become truly competent in the water.
A choice of sessions is offered every day of the week, allowing flexibility for parents, he says.
Young swimmers going from BaySwim to Greerton Swimming Club will be part of the junior squad. This new swimming partnership will take effect from the first quarter this year (January 31). Parents keen to make the most of this “natural progression” are invited to contact either BaySwim or Greerton Swimming Club. Swimming assessments and coach introductions will be held.
The Greerton Swimming Club has been part of the community since 1958. It has produced multiple national champions, including swimmers who recently completed at the World Championships.
Matthew says the club’s calibre is an appropriate match for BaySwim, which is aligned with the multi-award winning Northern Arena.
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