Sharks Swim Club of Bermuda
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To have the best competitive swim program in Bermuda, teaching and training all levels of competitive swimmers, emphasizing individual progress, team unity, respect for oneself and others, and family participation.
The Sharks Swim Club originated from the Sonesta Sharks, which was the Southampton Glebe Primary School Swim Team, coached by Martin Allen. The group trained at Willowbank and Sonesta from 1979 to 1981. Interest in swimming increased due in part to successful inter-school swim meets organized by the Bermuda... Read More
The Sharks Swim Club originated from the Sonesta Sharks, which was the Southampton Glebe Primary School Swim Team, coached by Martin Allen. The group trained at Willowbank and Sonesta from 1979 to 1981. Interest in swimming increased due in part to successful inter-school swim meets organized by the Bermuda School Sports Federation. The Sharks soon grew to thirty in number, with most members coming from homes and schools in the Western parishes. By 1989 the Club had a long waiting list and grew to accommodate over seventy swimmers divided into senior, intermediate and junior training groups.
The Sharks Swim Club officially organized itself at the end of 1980, held its first AGM in January 1981, and became the third club to be affiliated with the Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association (BASA). With the opening of the Warwick Academy pool in 1981, Sharks adopted this facility as their home base, with Martin Allen as Head Coach.
Over the years many swimmers from Sharks have trained with the National Squad and gone on to represent Bermuda in international competition, including the Olympics. Martin Allen retired at the end of the 2000 swimming season, after 20 years as Head Coach. Ben Smith was appointed Head Coach at this time.
The Sharks Swim Club is a competitive club, emphasizing individual and team growth. The Club embraces all levels of competitive swimmers, providing every athlete with the best possible environment and resources that will allow each athlete to progress from novice to the highest levels of competition. The Club promotes excellence at all levels, fosters outstanding volunteer support, and aims to develop the character and self-discipline necessary to succeed not only in swimming, but also in life away from the pool.
The Sharks Swim Club is committed to guiding and directing athletes toward maximum development of their talents and abilities. The Sharks Coaching Staff endeavors to teach, train, and motivate young people to achieve their ultimate potential in swimming, in the belief that this experience will prove valuable to them as they grow and develop.
The Sharks program strives to instill in young swimmers an understanding of, and appreciation for, such concepts as self-esteem, personal accountability, self-discipline, goal setting, and goal achievement. It is our belief that the road to success is as important as success itself.
At each level of the Sharks program, swimmers are encouraged to strive for personal excellence, to work as hard as they can to become the best they are capable of becoming. This philosophy is consistent throughout our program, and every Shark, from novice to Olympian, is encouraged to be the best they can be.