Swimming Australia

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Swimming Australia
Association crest
Founded 1909
FINA affiliation 1909
OSA affiliation 1909
Website swimming.org.au
President John Bertrand AM

Swimming Australia is the peak governing body for competitive swimming in Australia. The body has approximately 100,000 registered members nationally in 1100 clubs across the country, which includes swimmers, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers. The body oversees the management and development of the sport from the national team at the elite level, the conduct of national and international events, through to grass roots participation. The organisation's vision is to become Australia’s leading sport through increased participation, continual outstanding performance and commercial excellence.


Competitive national swimming championships were first held in 1894. Australia had swimmers at most major international swimming events since the 1896 Summer Olympics.[1]

This interest led to the creation of the Amateur Swimming Union of Australia, the precursor to Swimming Australia, which was founded in 1909 at a meeting of state swimming representatives at the Sports Club on Hunter Street in Sydney's CBD. There they established a charter which included the key features of the promotion of uniformity of rules and regulations across Australia; the adjudication all matters of disputes between affiliated associations; the control and management of swimmers visiting Australia; the control and management of Australian representatives in any contest of international nature; and control the recognition of all "best on record" performances.[2]

Within a short time the Amateur Swimming Union of Australia had extended its charter to include negotiation with the recently formed International Swimming Federation (Fédération Internationale de Natation, FINA).

James Taylor was the foundation president and served for the first 35 years of the body's existence from 1909 to 1944.

During 1985, under a new corporate structure, the Amateur Swimming Union of Australia was incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory and became Australian Swimming Inc.

On 1 October 2004, Australian Swimming became a company limited by guarantee and changed its name to Swimming Australia Ltd.[3] Glenn Tasker served as the Chief Executive Officer until June 2008, and the organisation's headquarters is located at Unit 12, 7 Beissel Street, Belconnen, ACT. Australia won 69 medals in the 2004 Olympics.

Australian Swimmers of the Year[edit]

Every year Swimming Australia has its annual awards night where it announces many awards, most notably the Australian Swimmer of the Year Award.[citation needed]

Year Winner
1990 Glen Housman
1991 Hayley Lewis
1992 Kieren Perkins
1993 Kieren Perkins
1994 Kieren Perkins
1995 Susie O'Neill
1996 Susie O'Neill
1997 Michael Klim
1998 Michael Klim
1999 Ian Thorpe
2000 Ian Thorpe
2001 Ian Thorpe
2002 Ian Thorpe
2003 Ian Thorpe and Grant Hackett
2004 Jodie Henry
2005 Grant Hackett
2006 Leisel Jones
2007 Libby Lenton
2008 Stephanie Rice
2009 Jessicah Schipper
2010 Alicia Coutts
2011 James Magnussen
2012 Alicia Coutts
2013 Cate Campbell

Stakeholders and affiliations[edit]

Swimming Australia's key stakeholders includes:

Swimming Australia is affiliated to the following bodies:

Whilst the following organisations are affiliated with Swimming Australia:

  • Australian Waterpolo Association Inc
  • Australian Diving Association Inc
  • Australian Synchronised Swimming
  • AUSSI Masters Swimming in Australia

Swimming Australia is also a foundation member of AUSTSWIM and is involved in the development of an Australian Water Safety Organisation.[4]


In 1985, the organisation had approximately 90,000 registered members. Of these, fifty per cent were female.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Department of Sport, Recreation and Tourism; Australian Sport Commission (1985). Australian Sport, a profile. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publish Service. p. 186. ISBN 0-644-03667-2. 
  2. ^ "Organisational History". Swimming Australia. Archived from the original on 2006-08-25. Retrieved 2007-01-01. 
  3. ^ "Neil Martin takes reins over Swimming Australia". Xinhua. 2004-09-18. Retrieved 2007-02-04. 
  4. ^ "About AUSTSWIM". AUSTSWIM. Archived from the original on 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2007-02-04. 
  5. ^ Department of Sport, Recreation and Tourism; Australian Sport Commission (1985). Australian Sport, a profile. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publish Service. p. 187. ISBN 0-644-03667-2. 

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