Harbour Swim Club Set To Expand Program

April 14, 2015

Harbour Swim Club, the largest and oldest swim club in Bermuda, has continued its resurgence as a major force in island swimming, with Harbour swimmers earning a number of individual medals at the recent Carifta swimming championships, including winning events in both the pool and the open water sections of the competition.

In light of its success, the Club is now getting set to offer further swim sessions that “will allow the club to offer different programmes to meet different needs.”

Head Coach Shona Palmer said, “Our multi-year development plan is yielding fantastic results and, at the top end, the swimmers continue to break Bermuda national records and medal in major events. In addition, one of the team has broken Scottish national records, which is a sign of the strength of the programme on an international level.

“We continue to add increased numbers to represent Bermuda at overseas meets and we also participate at overseas meets as a club to ensure our athletes get the experience of racing in different places, which can further challenge and develop them as both athletes and individuals.”

Stephen Castree, the club’s Performance Director, added, “Harbour’s focus is based around a commitment to excellence, whilst fostering an environment to support developing athletes, athletes who participate in triathlon and those that want to participate in the sport for fitness and social reasons.

“This allows the club to offer swimmers from a young age, to the elite older age groups the opportunity to maximize their ability and also their enjoyment of the sport. In addition to training, the club runs a suite of social events including a weekend trip to Paget Island for members and overseas swim trips as well as social sessions at the National Aquatics Centre.”

A spokesperson said, “Harbour Swim Club athletes have represented Bermuda at all major levels over the years up to and including the Olympic Games and World Championships. Recently Ashley Yearwood, a club member who is currently at Dennison University in the US won two NCAA Division 3 titles with her team.

“Boy’s Club Captain Tyler Smith, the leading male triathlete in Bermuda, picked up the coveted Junior Male Athlete of the Year award in the recent Sports Awards.

“Harbour is poised for further growth and, as part of its ongoing development plan, is increasing its membership size and adding further swim training sessions so that there will be training sessions every day of the week.”

Shona Palmer said, “The addition of further swim sessions will allow the club to offer different programmes to meet different needs, as well as allowing the Club to increase its membership. This will provide a broader base of swimmers and as the Club is always over-subscribed for new members this will meet some of the increased demand for membership.”

“The future certainly seems bright for Harbour and on Saturday, April 18, the Club will be holding tryouts for new members to join. Harbour trains at both the BASA pool at Saltus Grammar School, as well as at the National Sports Centre.

“All those interested should contact Ally Harvey at acam@logic.bm to reserve their try-out slot and prepare to join the most exciting aquatics programme on the island.”

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