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100 Years of Excellence Profile

The Past, Present & Future
Competitive Swimming in the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador has been around since the early 1960’s and has produced some world class athletes since day 1. The whole dynamic of swimming in our province has changed dramatically over the past 5 decades from a province with only a handful of clubs to start, to a province that is now home to 15 strong well organized swim programs situated all over Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Competitive swimming in our Province has seen a steady increase in membership over the past 10 years. Over that time period Newfoundland and Labrador has welcomed four new swim clubs into our organization (The Port aux Basques Piranhas & Deer Lake Dolphins in 2003, The Rocky Island Masters in 2006, and the Island Wahoos in 2007). With the help from these new additions our swimming community has risen from approximately 550 ten years ago to approximately 750 today. We may be a small province but Newfoundland and Labrador swimmers have always represented themselves with pride, grace and dignity. Our goal is to become the best athletes possible through hard work and dedication. Newfoundland and Labrador swimmers are here to stay, we will always put up a challenge in the pool no matter who we race against!

Interesting Facts
  • Swimming NL has produced 2 Olympians. Paula Kelly (1980) and Katarina Roxon (2008)
  • Swimming NL has hosted the SNC AGM in 1994 and in 2004.
  • Our only long course pool was built back in 1976 for the “77 Canada Summer Games
  • Our province currently has 15 swim clubs stretching from St. John’s all the way to Labrador City, a span of almost 1,800km!!
  • Our oldest long course Provincial Record was set back in 1975 by Blair Tucker in the men’s 13-14 200m Fly with a time of 2:21.30
  • Our oldest short course Provincial Record was set back in 1974 by Blair Tucker in the men’s 13-14 200m Fly with a time of 2:17.90 and also in 1974 Blair established the 13-14 400 IM record in a time of 4:59.00

Swim For Hope
The annual Swim for Hope is a 12 hour continuous swim relay held each March to help raise money and awareness of Cancer in our Province. Proceeds of this event are given to the Newfoundland and Labrador Cancer Research and Treatment Centre and our Provincial Clubs. Through the thirteen years that this event has taken place more than $800,000 has been raised.
The 2009 event will take place on March 20th

Swimming Newfoundland and Labrador

Our Swim Clubs
The Port Aux Basques Piranhas (PAB)
Port Aux Basques, NL

Club History - Port aux Basques Piranhas
The Port aux Basques Piranhas Swim Club is an all age team that started in 2003. The initial program included 14 swimmers. The membership has now grown to include over 30 members ranging from ages 5—16. The Piranhas Swim Club is operated under the direction of a volunteer executive and volunteer coaches, with programs running from September to May of each year. The club has hosted fun invitational swim meets and also participates in the Annual Swim for Hope challenge. The club is a member of Swim Newfoundland and Labrador and Swim

The Newfoundland Summer Games—Western Swim Team Time Trials, was hosted by the Piranha's at the Bruce II Pool on June 21, 2008. Hosting the Time Trials was a big undertaking for a small swim club; however, it was a huge success with the help of many parent volunteers, swimmers and officials from the local swim club, as well as visiting swim clubs; and the help of the Bruce II Pool staff. Swimmers from five teams attended the Time Trials to try out for the Western Team; the Piranhas, the Island Wahoos, the Stephenville Aqua Aces, the Deer Lake Dolphins, and Gros Morne. Five members of the Piranha Swim Club continued on to the 2008 Newfoundland Summer Games in Corner Brook, which took place from August 8 - 12. Representing the Port aux Basques Piranhas at the 2008 Newfoundland Summer Games were Kathleen Carter, Rebecca Carter, Rory O’Brien, Marcus Carter, and Mitchell Hardy and Rory O'Brien.

The Mount Pearl Marlins (MPM)
Mount Pearl, NL
Established in 1974 the Mount Pearl Marlins was one of the first clubs in Newfoundland and Labrador. The pool began as an outdoor pool and was converted to an indoor in the early 80’s. The Marlins have come along way from their first swim meet when lane ropes were made from buoys borrowed from local fisherman. The team of just over 80 swimmers is growing and looking forward to great things with a new pool coming soon. www.mountpearlmarlins.com

The St. John’s Legends (SJL)
St. John’s, NL
The St John's Legends were originally NAAC – the Newfoundland Aquarena Aquatic Club, founded in 1978 following the 1977 Canada Games. NAAC swimmer Paula Kelly qualified for the Canada's 1980 Olympic Team. We currently have over 100 competitive and 50 pre-competitive swimmers. www.stjohnslegends.ca

The CBS Bluefins (CBSB)
Conception Bay South, NL
The CBS Bluefins came together in 1989 and since its inception have been producing high calibre athletes every year. Our swim club has grown tremendously over the last several years and this year alone saw our membership grow by over 75%. Our club runs out of a 4 lane 25m pool and has a current membership of 75 swimmers. Our team is looking forward to a very exciting and fast 2008-09 swim season. www.cbsbluefins.com

The Corner Brook Rapids (CBSC)
Corner Brook, NL
Corner Brook started competitive swimming in 1968 at the Blomidon Golf and Country Club and moved to the local Arts & Culture Centre the next year after construction of the new “indoor” pool. The Club quickly grew to over 80 members and in 1973 was the strongest team in the province. The strength and character of the Clubs alumni and parents has enabled this 40 year old club to thrive. The club has produced many fine athletes and consistently have had athletes from, or who have graduated from, one of the local clubs who have qualified for Nationals or Age Group
Nationals. www.cbrapids.ca GO RAPIDS!

The Aqua Aces Swim Club (AA)
Stephenville, NL
The Aqua Aces Swim Club was formed in the early 1960’s. When the old Stephenville pool closed the Aqua Aces were left without a pool for a couple of years until the Regional Aquatic Center opened and the Aces were restarted. The Aqua Aces Swim Club has risen above all the challenges faced by small clubs and continues to grow. Last year the entire team qualified provincial championships, four swimmers made East Coast qualifying times, many team records were broken including four provincial records and a member of our team qualified for the Can-Am SWAD International Swim Meet held in Vancouver. We are proud to have had three life long swimmers graduate and move on to University swim teams for this upcoming season. We are starting the 2008-2009 year off with a bang, we have many new swimmers and we look forward to having fun and swimming fast!

Rocky Island Masters Swim Club (RIMC)
St. John’s, NL
The Rocky Island Masters Swim Club (RIMS) was formed in the fall of 2006 by a local group of swimmers and tri-athletes that wanted a club that suited their needs. The beginning was somewhat 'rocky', with about 30 members and no dedicated pool space. Today RIMS has 70 members. The support of the Aquarena, a dedicated organizing committee and an experienced and motivating coach. The club now has 2 swim workouts per week and a waitlist to join. In addition, the organizing committee arranges several socials throughout the year, offers dry-land training, fun meets, and even some open water swimming events.

Melville Mantas Swim Club (MM)
Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador
The Melville Mantas Swim Club was form in 1980 by Gord Wheeler and started with 12 swimmers. All the coaching staff since its formation have been volunteers. Paula Dawe has been involved with the club since the beginning with four of her children starting in the beginning. Paula started out as a member of the executive, and then became Head Coach in 1984. Paula held that position till 2007 but is still a member of the coaching staff. The Mantas have had 2 swimmers, Stephanie Quinn in the early 90's and went on to swim at the University of Calgary and Kori Blake for Special Olympics in 2001 competed for NL at the Canada Summer Games. The Mantas Luke Wiseman broke 5 records at the NL Summer Games in 2004 and still holds 3/5 records. We train in a 3 lane 18m pool, so training is a challenge for the swimmers and coaching staff. Presently we have 38 swimmers; 15 pre-competitive and 23 competitive. We train 5 days a week with two mornings and four swim groups. We have six coaches on staff. The Mantas over the past have traveled to the Island for meets but also travel across the 600 kilometers of gravel road to Lab City to compete in Time Trials. We could be impeded by herds of Caribou, Snow Storms and -40c Temperatures but we're a tuff group, 28 years and counting.

Northern Lights Swim Club (NLSC)
Wabush/Labrador City, Labrador
The Northern Lights Swim Club started up in the 70's about 8-10 years after the town of Wabush was incorporated and unlike other sport organizations in the area we never had any down times. We have existed since the start. Wabush-Lab City is in western Labrador 10 minutes from the Quebec Border and on the 52nd parallel. Highlights for us would be traveling to the Island portion of Newfoundland to compete with other clubs and driving across Labrador to compete with our only other Labrador Team the Melville Mantas of Goose Bay in Labrador East, 8 hours, of dirt road, away.

Exploits “Y” Otters (EYO)
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL

The Gander Lakers (GLSC)
Gander, NL

Poseidon Swim Club (PSC)
Carbonear, NL

Island Wahoos Swim Club (IWSC)
Stephenville, NL

Deer Lake Dolphins (DLD)
Deer Lake, NL