Our Club History

A remarkable journey spanning over 90 years

Southport Olympic Swimming Club (SOSC) has been part of the Gold Coast community for more than 90 years. Established in 1917, using the Broadwater Baths & pier structure until in 1965 a six lane, 50m pool was built on the current facility grounds.

During the lead up to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Council undertook a $3.6million revamp that included installing three pools. An 8 lane 50m heated pool, an 8 lane 25m pool and a heated indoor teaching facility. 

The new complex was completed and officially opened in October 1999 as the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, allowing the beginning of an exciting new era of swimming.

In 2003 the training program flourished under the expert coaching of Doug Frost until 2005. That year Glenn Baker took over the position of Head Coach and has overseen the explosion of swimming talent representing the club ever since. Southport Olympic had had multiple swimmers represent Australia at every level of international competition including Pan Pacific & World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games (Beijing 2008 & London 2012). At each of these our swimmers have come back with medals.

Southport Olympic Swimming Club is recognised by Swimming Australia as one of its “Podium Performance Centres”.

In 2013, with the announcement of the 2018 Commonwealth Games being held on the Gold Coast, the centre undertook a complete renovation ensuring it was to world-class standards. A joint venture by State and local government resulted in 42 million being spent on the current facility. The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and Southport Olympic Swimming Club is an integral part of the swimming community holding many swim meets throughout the year. The Facility has been host to international touring teams, Australian Swim team camps, and used as a training facility for many other sports & corporate events.

2014 saw the unveiling of the brand new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, hosting the Pan Pacific Championships, the centre was on show to the swimming world. Two world records were broken during the Championships by Katie Ledecky in the 400m & 1500m freestyle, with times of 3:58.37 and 15:28.36.

Podium Performance Centre

SOSC is one of 10 Podium Centres awarded by Swimming Australia to provide a world’s best training environment and support for our elite swimmers and coaches, as they push for international podium success.  Working in partnership with State Institutes of Sport, to deliver strategic initiatives linked to the Australian Sports Commission’s Winning Edge plan and Target Rio, Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

The programs that are awarded this, are proven to be able to provide a holistic approach to success. With a proven track record in developing swimmers from learn to swim right through to the International stage.

A central pillar of the Swimming Australia High Performance strategy, the Podium Centre Programs aim to focus investment and resources in high performing coaching environments with a proven track record, or the capacity to achieve podium performances in the future.

Become A Member

Membership fees are payable upon joining the Club to allow swimmers to compete at Club nights, Regional, State & National meets. Membership fee includes insurance & relevant affiliation fees for GCRSA, QLD Swimming & Australian Swimming bodies. Membership is more than a financial responsibility – Southport Olympic Swimming Club provides swimmers and their families an opportunity to become part of the swimming community & embrace social activities away from the pool. Coaching staff hold information workshops with swimmers & parents on topics such as nutrition, training, competition performance throughout the season & send regular newsletters to all members.

The club registrar is responsible for enrolling new members both competitive members and parent members. Coaching Staff will provide you with membership forms & the registrar’s details once you have been assessed for a Squad.

Memberships are renewed & payable each August. The Club will notify members prior to the renewal date.

Club Transfers

Transfers from another swimming club incur a $25 administration fee. Transfers are only available if you are a current member of another swimming Club. If you are not a member of a Club full membership fee will apply, (if joining mid-season this fee will be calculated at a pro rata rate).