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Swimming

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Churchie has produced a number of students who have gone on to enjoy national and international success as swimmers with perhaps the best known being Steven Holland, the original 'Superfish' and world record-holder during the 1970s, and Regan Harrison, the winner of two medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and member of the team at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
 

GPS champions in 2014

With 110 boys registered for swimming from Years 5 to 12, Churchie won the 2014 GPS swimming competition.

History

When Churchie moved to East Brisbane, Norman Creek bordered the property; all boys were expected to learn to swim.

By 1918 the Viking test had been extended to about 120 yards, once across Norman Creek and back again. Once the student could swim four times back and forth across Norman Creek they became a “Pocket King”.
 
By 1920 the School had its first swimming pool, a cement box by the side of Norman Creek, 30 feet square, three to five feet deep connected by a pipe to the creek.
 
In 1936 the 25 metre pool was opened. It had no filtration and had to be cleaned out every twenty days. The pool was closed in 2009 and became a water reservoir. The 50 metre pool was built in 1971 and served the School until 2009 when the area was redeveloped as The Barry McCart Aquatic Centre which incorporated the original 50 metre pool. The new centre was opened in October 2010 and sits on the school grounds opposite the Main Oval.
 
The GPS competition began in 1918. Churchie won its first race in 1923 and waited a decade for its first Premiership in 1930. There were the golden years of swimming during the 1940s when the School won nine premierships. In the 1960s the School won six consecutive titles from 1960 to 1965.