THE SOUTH Gippsland Bass (SGB) Swimming Club has been named Victorian Club of the Year by the state’s peak body for competitive swimming.
At an awards ceremony at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre earlier this month, Swimming Victoria praised SGB for excelling in several key areas including participation, growth, planning and good governance throughout 2017.
SGB committee secretary Michelle Harris attended the ceremony, along with several other committee members, and said the award was “fantastic recognition” for the volunteers and coaches who’ve put countless hours into developing the club, including creating and successfully implementing a strategic plan.
The club will celebrate its 20th birthday next year, and Ms Harris says membership is bigger than ever, growing from 70 to over 200 in the past three years.
Ms Harris says as well as its top-class coaches, led by Dylan Muir, SGB’s dedication to providing an inclusive club culture has been the key to its recent successes, which includes having two swimmers compete at national level and one swimmer make it into a Commonwealth Games qualifier earlier this year.
“We try and be family friendly and very welcoming, so we’ve got great principles and then Dylan has developed a team of five fantastic coaches, so we run really good programs.
“But we’re really focused on creating that club atmosphere. We talk a lot about ‘Team SGB’ and we’ve got a really positive club spirit.”
The club welcomes swimmers of all levels of ability, from the age of six and up.
After a few weeks’ break, members are back at training, ahead of SGB’s first club meet for the season at SPLASH, Leongatha, on Sunday, June 24.
Training sessions run six days a week at Wonthaggi and Leongatha and the club welcomes expressions of interest. Contact Dylan on 0400 032 734 for more information.