Gone but never forgotten

Our thoughts go out to Gordon’s family and friends and to our members both past and present who knew and respected him. He was instrumental in shaping our club through its early years and is a huge loss to swimming in WA. Farewell Gordon.

Fond memories of Coach Gordon Shaw who coached and managed the Southlake Dolphins Swim Team for 15 years. To all who knew Gordon, he was a very honest and humble man.

Swimming was Gordon’s life and he was highly regarded for his swimming expertise, his caring nature and his dedication to the swimmers and members of SLD. He believed that for a club to be successful you must look after your ‘grass roots’ and with this philosophy he enabled our club to continually grow successful new talent for WA Swimming.

Gordon had success growing swimmers from juniors up through the ranks and with many achievements. In particular with breaststroke he will not be forgotten with one of his previous swimmers still competing and achieving, now at national level and international level. He maintained contact with many of the senior swimmers and encouraged some of them to become assistant coaches.

In July 2002 at an early morning training session Gordon suffered a heart attack on pool deck, and determined not to upset the swimmers, he calmly walked off pool deck to request the leisure centre staff to call an ambulance to take him to hospital. Gordon’s action at this critical time reflected the type of person he was, always considering others before himself.

Fortunately Gordon’s health did recover and he returned once again to the job he dearly loved.

The Southlake Dolphin’s Swim Club were saddened some 6 years later, in October 2008, when Gordon decided it was time to make a change in his life and move on.

It has been even more of a shock to all past, and present SLD members and families to hear of Gordon’s passing. He will surely be missed, not just as a coach but as a friend, and as mentor who taught our children the skills and discipline to enable them to achieve their goals in life.

Our condolences to Steven, Nicholas, and Kevin, and the Mandurah Swimming Club who have lost their wonderful coach.

 

Winter Windup

All swimmers, siblings and parents are invited to attend the Winter Season Windup from 4pm until 6pm this Saturday 9th December at Cockburn ARC. Free use of the water slides, sausage sizzle and many awards for our amazing swimmers!

AGM & Summer Windup

All parents are invited to attend the Club AGM and Summer Season wind-up 5pm this Saturday 20th May.

This is also a great opportunity for everyone to bring along a small donation for our annual SLD Swim Meet to be held on 10th June, the club’s major fundraiser for the year. Just one donation per family will go a long way in putting on a fantastic Meet.

Register here for our Meet by no later than 26th May.

Swimming WA Targets “First Choice” Athletes

In very exciting news for the South Lake Dolphins swimming club, Swimming WA, in association with the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) and Swimming Australia Limited have announced the formation of a third High Performance Training Centre (HPTC) in Western Australia.

The third HPTC will operate under the “Southern HPTC” title, with the successful bid comprising a consortium of Rockingham Stingrays and South Lake Dolphins swimming clubs.

The Southern HPTC will be based primarily at Aqua Jetty in Rockingham and at the newly developed Cockburn Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC).

Swimming WA and WAIS have worked with SAL in the past to establish HPTCs in the west at HBF Stadium and in the north at HBF Arena and Craigie Leisure Centre. The Southern HPTC consortium was awarded the right to host the Southern HPTC for the next four years leading into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

In making the announcement, Swimming WA Chief Executive Officer Darren Beazley said a third HPTC will have far reaching benefits for the sport of swimming in WA.

“The Association received two very strong applications to host the HPTC, one from east of the CBD and one from the south. The Committee, comprised of representatives from Swimming Australia, WAIS and Swimming WA, had to make a very difficult decision, which indicates the current strength of WA swimming. The bid from the east of the city was very impressive and compelling, but in the end, the group believe that basing the third HPTC in the southern corridor will provide swimmers, coaches and officials with access to a performance programme that is able to identify and develop talented swimmers with the potential to swim for their State and their country over the next four to eight years,” Mr Beazley said.

“Australia’s strength in the pool over so many years is something that we must not take for granted. The goal of this combined investment by WAIS and Swimming WA is to attract the ‘first choice athlete’. In order to keep pace and take the lead in the fiercely competitive area of sport, swimming needs to be bold.

“The new HPTC, adding to the existing HPTCs in the west and the north, is a bold step. The new HPTC will provide coaches with first class education and development opportunities, exceptional training facilities such as at the new Cockburn ARC and Aqua Jetty and swimmers with a training environment that develops them as an athlete and a person and is second to none.”

The new Southern HPTC has been endorsed by Swimming Australia.

“For us, the opportunity presented by the establishment of a third HPTC is fantastic. The pooling of talent, both coach and athlete, as well as the combined resources of the various parties to the agreement are an effective and efficient way of enabling performance swimming outcomes,” said Swimming Australia’s General Manager, Performance Wayne Lomas. “We applaud Swimming WA and WAIS for their commitment to further developing our sport with this model.”

The Southern HPTC will be operational by May 2017.

Cockburn ARC opens in May 2017

The South Lake Dolphins will new home at Cockburn ARC – the City of Cockburn’s major aquatic and recreation centre – from May 2017, with the official opening of the centre scheduled for 22nd May.

Cockburn ARC is one of the largest developments of its kind  in Australia. Not only does the centre provide state-of-the-art aquatic and recreation facilities, it is also the new home of the Fremantle Football Club.