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Warringah Amateur Swimming Association is tasked with the development and promotion of swimming on the Northern Beaches in Sydney.

We have 16 swimming clubs affiliated with us.

During the season we hold our District Championships and Peninsula Challenge meets at Warringah Aquatic Centre. We also hold a Handicap Meet at one of the Rock Pools.

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  • EOI 2020 Handicap Carnival

    The WASA Race and Carnival Committee is seeking expressions of interest from clubs interested in hosting the 2019 Handicap Carnival on one of the following dates:

    Friday 24 January 2020
    Saturday 25 January 2020
    Sunday 26 January 2020
    Friday 31 January 2020
    Saturday 1 February 2020
    Sunday 2 February 2020


    Preference will be given to clubs willing to accommodate a Friday meet, with a starting time of 5.00 pm and warm-up commencing half an hour before that (tidal conditions will be taken into consideration). Read more

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7 days ago

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Congratulations to our dedicated group of officials at WASA.
On Sunday at the WAC's 40th birthday Lyn Foley, Judy Tier, Sue Perry, Richard Vander Reyden, Morna Hill and Lois Clarke were inducted into the WAC's hall of fame.

Also congrats to Brendan Foley for being inducted for his swimming achievements

Thank you all for your years of dedicated service to the swimming community.
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1 week ago

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Congratulations to our president on being inducted into the WAC officials hall of fame. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to our very own Lois Clarke OAM, Morna Hill, Lyn Foley, Judy Tier, Sue Perry, Richard Vander Reyden and Brendan Foley on your induction today into WAC’s Hall of Fame. Richly deserved! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Warringah Amateur Swimming Association

1800-now Terrey Hills,Beacon Hill, Belrose, Frenchs Forest, etcLate 1970's The Warringah Aquatic Centre under construction. (Picture courtesy Dee Why Library)

3rd November, 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the official opening of the Warringah Aquatic Centre but, like most official openings, it was late.

An Olympic pool committee was formed by Warringah Council in 1971 with four members each from Manly and Warringah councils, two from the District Parks Joint Committee, two each from the Manly-Warringah Amateur Swimming Association and the District Council of Parents and Citizens Associations and one each from the Warringah Federation of Progress Associations and the combined RSL swimming clubs.

And the first site the committee looked at was the one at Frenchs Forest where the pool was eventually built, which was inside the Manly Warringah Memorial Park and of which Warringah Council was the trustee.

There was ample room for parking and landscaping, water, sewerage and electricity supply facilities were available and the State Planning and Environment Commission eventually approved the project.

The only issue was money and there were plenty of Warringah councillors opposed to spending the sort of money an Olympic pool would cost.
Also opposed to the Olympic pool were many local branches of the Liberal Party, which threatened to oppose “those councillors who voted for it at the next council election”.

Throughout the 1970s, momentum for an Olympic pool increased, although by now Manly Council had withdrawn from the project and built its own Olympic pool, which opened in 1976.

In August 1976 Warringah Council voted to call for tenders for the Olympic pool and in November 1976 signed a contract with Hornibrook Group to construct a complex comprising an outdoor learners’ pool and wading pool, an enclosed 50m by 20m heated swimming pool with an attached diving area with 1m, 3m and 5m platforms, with the enclosed building being constructed of concrete, brickwork and glass measuring 68.7m by 54m, with the height varying from 10m to 16m and with seating for 1200 people. The design of the main pool was altered to make it 51m long to accommodate a bulkhead that could be moved to create two 25m pools or a 33m water polo field.

The architects for the complex were Figgis & Jefferson Pty Ltd, the tender price was $2.366 million and the scheduled time of construction was 54 weeks. The estimated total cost of the complex was $3.16 million. Work began in December and the completion date was expected to be December 2, 1977, but progress was slow, sometimes leading to testy relations between the council and the builder.

It was not until Friday, July 27, 1979, that the building was handed over to the council. On July 28 and 29, the pool was used to conduct the NSW winter titles and on July 31, 1979, it was opened to the public.

The final cost of the pool was $4.1 million, which included the carpark, landscaping and a pedestrian bridge over Wakehurst Parkway.

John Morcombe, The Manly Daily
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