Northern Beaches - Manly Swimming Club continue their history of swim success.

by Nichole Edsall on April 26, 2021


Manly Swimming Club recently sent 20 swimmers to the 2021 Australian Age and Open Swimming Championships held on the Gold Coast from 5 - 12 April 2021.

The team was made up of some of the most talented and fastest young swimmers from the Northern Beaches.  The swimmers are supported by Head Coach - Justin Rothwell.

Justin Rothwell not only works for Northern Beaches Council as the Head Coach, he is also President of ASCTA NSW and a Director of Swimming NSW.

Justin Rothwell has a wealth of coaching history within the aquatic & leisure industry.  His coaching highlights include being selected for the Australian 2006 Commonwealth Games team as a coach. Justin has coached athletes onto many Australian Junior teams including Junior Pan Pacs, Junior Commonwealth Games, Trans Tasman and Oceania.

Justin Rothwell, also a Dad to 13 year old Jackson and 15 year old Harrison (pictured above), watched Harrison make his first Nationals this year at the Australian Age Championships. Harrison also qualified for the Final in the 100 metres Butterfly.

Manly Swimming Club is based at Andrew Boy Charlton Pool in the Metro North East region of Sydney, NSW and have recently just celebrated their 115th season as a club. Strongly supported by the Northern Beaches Council and Head Coach Justin Rothwell, their squad size has increased from 40 swimmers in October 2018 to now servicing around 350 swimmers including pool, surf and triathletes. Manly Swimming Club itself is made up of around 230 members.

Manly Swimming Club was established in 1905 and was initially based at the Manly Baths, which is where the Manly Skiff Club is currently located. There were many world records set in that pool particularly in the 1920’s-1930’s - a time when swimming was so revered as a sport people would climb trees just to catch a glimpse of races.

A number of Olympians have hailed from Manly Swimming Club. This includes the majority of the Australian Olympic Team in the 1920s and 1930s. The team was made up of Manly swimmers. Andrew Boy Charlton, John Devitt, Cecil Healy, Noel Ryan and John Koorey (1st Australian male to swim the English channel) are just a few high-profile Australian swimmers who are a part of Manly Swimming Club rich history. Fast forward to today, you will find Manly Swimming Club members have earned spots on junior national teams, and numerous swimmers are competing at state and national events.

Head Coach Justin Rothwell ensures that all swimmers are provided with the opportunity to train alongside swimmers of different age groups for growth and development purposes. 

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