Today with the Gold Coast touted as the epicentre of Australian swimming, the city provides approximately a third of the national swimming team members from programs at Griffith, Bond University, TSS, Somerset College and Southport. But what was the journey like to get here?

Southport Swim Club, established in 1917, using the Broadwater Baths & pier structure until in 1965 a six lane, 50m pool was built on the current facility grounds. Years later Southport Olympic Swimming Club is recognised by Swimming Australia as one of its “Podium Performance Centres”

In 1951 (Burleigh Swim club), operating out of the Burleigh Beach baths pool. Back then the pool was outdoors, directly above the rocks at Burleigh point, like the famous Sydney Icebergs pool………… (more to come soon)

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If you have any information sitting in boxes at home, if you have any stories to tell about the history of Swimming on the Gold Coast, I would love to hear from you.