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.


WAIS Stroke & Race Skills Clinic

The WAIS Southern High Performance Squad, that both Kevin Kalember and Lachlan Belke have been part of for a while now, are holding a Stroke & Race Skills Clinic on the first Saturday in June:

Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018
Time: 10:00am~2:30pm
Venue: Christchurch Grammar School, Queenslea Drive, Claremont
Cost: $60 flat rate for the day
RSVP: Sunday 27th May to shptc.clinic@gmail.com


– Meet & Greet
– Signings
– Awesome Giveaway Prizes
– Fundraising Sausage Sizzle

Senior athletes will be running 40min sessions per stroke including race skills and technique…

10:10-10:50am: Freestyle
11:00-11:40am: Backstroke
11:40-12:10: Lunch
12:20-1:00pm: Breaststroke
1:10-1:50pm: Butterfly

Click here to open the event flyer with all details

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!

Get qualifying times: two targeted meets left

Junior States are fast approaching and two Targeted Meets still available to enter to help get those qualifying times.

20th August
Rookie Meet @ HBF

10th September
Guilford & Kalamunda Meet @ Darling Range Sports Complex

Entries close for Rookie Meet this Thursday (10th August) and is a great entry level event across 50m and some 100m events.

Guilford & Kalamunda Meet is a newly added Targeted Meet and is just a couple of days before States Entries close. Guilford & Kalamunda have been a consistent supporter of our SLD Meet in recent years and is great to be able to support them, too.

Speak to your coaches about which meet/s and what events are right for your young athlete.

Good luck and we know you will do yourself and SLD proud!

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.

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.