Atherton Swimming Club Inc has a long and proud involvement with swimming in Far North Queensland. It was established in 1932 by a group of enthusiastic and forward thinking people. Training and competitions were then conducted in the natural surroundings of Platypus Park, which hosts Atherton’s historical Chinatown tourist attraction. You can see evidence of the old baths where timber slats still line sections of the creek bank.
Now based at the council-owned Atherton Pool in Robert Street, the Club enjoys first rate facilities. At the time the amazing engineering feat of Tinaroo Dam was being constructed, a forward thinking Atherton Shire Council negotiated for cement for a local pool. The Platypus club is in fact older than the pool itself, with the 2016-2017 season marking 84 years since the club first met at Platypus Park.
Atherton Pool is now an active and community-friendly hub, with an outdoor heated 50m pool, an indoor heated 25m pool, a children’s wading area and a kiosk with friendly staff and excellent coffee, run by a business called “Swim Logic’”. s Atherton Swimming Club Inc head coach for the 2016-2017 season is Carrie Hills supported by Leasee Penny Soper.
Club nights are held on Fridays from 6pm (racing starts at 6.30pm). Club parents meet on the first or second Monday of the month.
Atherton’s carnival is a highlight of the FNQ swimming calendar. Long distance swims are held on the Friday night, with a full competitive swim program on the Saturday. This years carnival dates are January 20th, 21st and 22nd and the Owen Davis-Griffiths Cup on 10th March 2017
Atherton is an enthusiastic competitor at Borzi Shield night, a Tablelands inter-club challenge held the FRIDAY after the annual FNQRSA Long Course Championships. This season Mareeba club will host the Shield night – to be advised.
New members are always welcome. Membership for the year is $105/swimmer (cheaper for families of three swimmers or more and for first time club swimmers progressing from Learn to Swim.) The Club’s postal address is PO Box 303 Atherton Q 4883.