The Spit Amateur Swimming Club was founded in February 1917 at a time when competitive swimming was grabbing the world’s attention. Across the century members have included former Olympians Edna Davey, Gergaynia Beckett, Kim Herford, Murray Rose, Brett Hill and Roger Cornforth as well as less able swimmers.
The Spit Baths were officially opened in 1901 where Middle Harbour Yacht Club is now located. It closed in 1962 when Sam Herford, long-time coach of amateurs as well as Olympians, and owner of the baths, sold up. The Club moved to Balmoral Baths where it has remained ever since. It has always been a hub of amateur competitive swimming for the local community and welcomes swimmers of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities.
The picture titled Spit Baths circa 1995 is actually about 1955.
Spot on Cuz…
I’m wondering if you have any information on my Grandfather Harry Wann. He was once a member and leader of the NSW amateur diving troupe, sometime around 1917-1940 . Do you have any photographs or info on him at this time? Did you know him, or see him dive. Any info on him no matter how trivial will be much appreciated. Regards Sharon.
The picture of the baths titled 1976 ( Spit’s 60th year) maybe for the club which was functioning at Balmoral for 15 years. The towers were removed in the early to mid 1950’s so this picture is quite old.
Thanks Kim – not sure why those dates are by the pictures. They’re not supposed to be there. Thanks for letting us know.
“That tower” got us into a lot of trouble . My grandmother FAUNCE would scream out at us over the loud speaker,and about eight of us would immediately jump. Kindest & Fondest regards Kim. Ray Faunce
My father was in this club about 60 yrs ago. His name is Michel Le Gallien. I am hoping there may be some old photos and information on him or his brothers.
Thankyou Coreena Le Gallien
I have a photo of the 10 member freestyle relay team which won the Fanny Durack competition. I can’t remember the year but from memory it was for under 10’s or under 12’s. Can anyone remember?
Sue Adams (nee Suthons)
Hello, my name is Sara McGlynn, and I was a member of the Spit Swimming Club in the early 1960’s. I wish to contact the Administrator about a Trophy that I won in 1963/64. Thankyou, Sara
In the early 60’s I won the 55 yards Freestyle. I would dearly love to view the Trophy I won, for 12 months… I would like to speak with the Administrator about this. Thankyou, Sara McGlynn
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