CLUB HISTORY

In March 1966 the Indooroopilly State School P&C Association formed the Swimming Pool Fund Committee.  Construction costs were estimated to be in the order of $40,000 and the school community was expected to raise half of the funds.  Accordingly, families were asked to donate $10 per year until sufficient money was raised to commence construction.  Four years later the target was reached and construction began.  Construction of the pool and the dressing sheds were completed in March 1970.  The pool clock was installed in memory of Mr. Les Merritt who energetically raised funds for the pool construction, but did not live to see the fulfillment of his dream.​

The Swimming Club  had its first  meeting in June 1970  and developed a constitution with the goal of "The promotion of swimming proficiency in the school".  The pool opened with a swim meet on the 26th September 1970.  The first club night was held on the 16th  October 1970.  Membership fees were set a 20 cents per child with no family paying more than 50 cents.  Pool admission was 10 cents. The club returned a net profit of $1,000 in its first season.

Robyn Rission was appointed as the first club coach and conducted Learn to Swim, Stroke Improvement and Squad Training classes.  Mr Les Mancktelow was engaged as pool cleaner and held this position up until 1999 when he retired.  During the first decade, significant improvements to the pool complex were made.  The canteen was built, the announcer’s shed constructed, timekeepers’ sheds built and the Bert Howes Stand was covered at a cost of $8,319.

In 1977 Mr Robert Cusack was appointed coach and served the club with distinction over three decades until his retirement in 2013.  The swimming pool complex is named in his honour.

A gym was first constructed in 1986 at a cost of $23,000, inclusive of equipment.  A video camera and TV were also installed in the gym.

In its third decade the club continued to evolve and meet the needs of its membership.  The club entered the electronic age by purchasing a computer and printer to keep membership records, store swimmers' times, calculate points and manage club night.  Merit Awards were introduced in 1990 and on trophy night that year a former club swimmer, Keiren Perkins presented the trophies.

In 1977 Mr Robert Cusack was appointed coach and served the club with distinction over three decades until his retirement in 2013.  The swimming pool complex is named in his honour.

A gym was first constructed in 1986 at a cost of $23,000, inclusive of equipment.  A video camera and TV were also installed in the gym.

In its third decade the club continued to evolve and meet the needs of its membership.  The club entered the electronic age by purchasing a computer and printer to keep membership records, store swimmers' times, calculate points and manage club night.  Merit Awards were introduced in 1990 and on trophy night that year a former club swimmer, Keiren Perkins presented the trophies.