Norwood Swimming Club
Norwood Swimming Club was founded in 1972 by Peter Bowen Pain. Pool owner and swim coach Ern Reddaway offered swim coaching three days per week under two professional swim coaches. By the 1973/74 season, the club held its first carnival and had its first representative on a State team.
During these informative years, a strong club spirit was already beginning to develop and was the envy of other swimming clubs in South Australia. In the 1980s, the club continued to grow and in 1987/88 finished 4th of 120 clubs at the Australian Age Championships held in Adelaide. The club’s success in the pool continued and in 1991/92, Norwood won the Interclub Final for the sixth consecutive year.
Over the ensuing years a strong relationship continued to develop between Norwood Swimming Club and Norwood Swim School. In 2003/04, Fran Adcock became the Norwood Swimming Club’s first Olympic team member and Matthew Cowdrey the first Paralympic team member. In the same year, the club finished 3rd at the Australian Open Championships and 11th at Australian Age.
Over the following years, the club was well represented at the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific and World championships. In 2007/08 Hayden Stockel, Matthew Cowdrey and Shelley Rogers qualified for the Australian 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic teams. In 2008/09, the club won the National Australian Short Course, the first time a South Australian swimming club had won a National event.
In 2010/11, the club was awarded Swimming Australia Centre of Excellence. Shaun Curtis was appointed as Head Coach in 2011/12 as the club continued to build a culture that is admired by all. In 2011/12, Matthew Cowdrey and Hayden Stockel qualified for the London 2012 Paralympics and Olympic teams.
The club was named Swimming SA's "Club of the Year" for 2015/16 as our swimmer numbers grew to more than 180.
In 2016, Liam Bekric qualified for the Rio Paralympic team, finishing 4th in the SB13 100 breaststroke, aged just 15. Abby Duncan also represented Australia in the 2016 Oceania Championships in Fiji, bringing home several medals.
In 2018, the club won 14 medals at the Australian Age Championships in Sydney and was ranked in the Top 10 clubs in Australia. On the back of some strong performances at that meet, Emily White, 14, was selected on the Australian team for the 2016 Oceania Championships in Papua New Guinea.