About Us

Club History



Burley Griffin Swim Club was founded in October 1976.   Initially the club operated out of the 25m indoor pool at the Deakin Health Spa facility.    When that pool was closed in 2003 the club relocated to the 50m indoor pool at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Deakin, which in turn was closed down in 2008.   Since then the club has been very fortunate to form a long term relationship with Canberra Grammar School at Red Hill and now trains out of their 25m indoor pool year round.

Bill Robertson, one of Australia’s leading coaches, together with some parents of established swimmers set up the club with the aim of providing an elite swimming club for the ACT. None of the initial group of swimmers, around 20, was at the national standard when the club was formed.   The new club took out the 1980 Country Championships.  In 1981, although the club was still small in comparison to other ACT clubs, 8 swimmers attended the National Championships and the club came a creditable 13th.

By 1982, the club was the premier club in the ACT and finished sixth in the Australian Open Championship.   Performance continued to improve in 1983 with the club finishing second in both the Australian Open and Australian Age Championships.   Forty swimmers went to Nationals in 1983.

1984 was a good year with the club finishing third in the Australian Open Championships and winning the National Age Championships.

In 1992, the club won the NSW Country Championships and finished second in the NSW State Championships.   In 1993 the Club won the NSW Country Short Course Championships and finished second in the NSW State Age Championships.

The club has continued to be a force at local, State and National levels.  Club members have been part of various Australian teams competing at the very highest levels.

Burley Griffin conducts an annual swimming meet at the AIS in the month of October.  This meet is well attended by local and interstate clubs and is the primary fundraiser for the club.  The Club generally supports at least one other meet per year, usually a development meet for young, upcoming swimmers.

The club is operated by a dedicated, parent-led committee of volunteers.   For more than 36 years Burley Griffin has supported swimmers from Canberra and surrounding districts to develop their swimming skills to whatever level they wished to pursue. The Club promotes a fun and friendly environment supported by coaching staff with the skills and experience to lead teams to all levels of local, state and national competition.