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Marlin Coast Swimming Club

Marlin Coast Swimming Club Inc. is affiliated with Swimming Queensland and competes as part of the Far North Queensland Regional Swimming Association (FNQRSA). The Marlin Coast Swimming Club has members ranging from kids who have just graduated from learn to swim classes to teenagers chasing National honours. The Club is supported by a keen band of parents and community members who love the sport of swimming and provide its' foundation. Marlin Coast Swim Club provide opportunities for young people of Cairns to come together around the sport of swimming to compete, train and have fun. Marlin Coast holds club nights throughout the season providing opportunities for kids to race and become familiar with the rules and procedures surrounding swim meets. Additionally, from September to March there are opportunities to race at A Grade or Family meets against other swimmers from the Far North Queensland region. Marlin Coast Swim Club has proven a rich nurturing ground for some of the Far North's best swimmers.

Club Night Dates for the 2011/2012 Season are as follows:

24/08/12 - Club Night (1)
07/09/12 - Club Night (2)
14/09/12 - Club Night (3)
12/10/12 - Club Night (4)
26/10/12 - Club Night (5)
02/11/12 - Club Night (6)
16/11/12 - Club Night (7)
30/11/12 - Christmas Party
01/02/13 - Club Night (8)
15/02/13 - Club Night (9)
08/03/12 - Club Night (10)
23/03/12 - Club Night Break Up and Awards

Marlin Coast has coaching staff to aid all levels of swimming ability from the beginner to the elite. The club works hand in hand with complex management Marlin Coast Swimming and Fitness to ensure each child is suited to their group and in the correct squad to maximize learning and development. Head Coach Ben Eales (Silver License) is supported by coaches and instructors comprising of Nick Moore (Silver License) and Junior Squad Coach Andy Kurth (Bronze License) and other experienced Instructors for Pre- Club levels such as Learn to Swim. Ben Eales began coaching immediately after ending his own career as a competitive swimmer from which he gained years of experience at a state, national and international level. During his career representing both state and country, some of his career highlights have included state records and national titles. Ben has years experience in coaching and teaching swimming, time that has seen him go from Squad Coach to Head Coach in the space of three years at Gardens swim club in Townsville, one of the biggest clubs in Queensland. As Head Coach of the Marlin Coast Swimming Club, Ben is now looking to the future of swimming in this community with an emphasis on small groups, strong concentration on technique and the importance of enjoyment while learning with new and diverse coaching and training techniques.

Head Coach - Ben Eales

Junior Squad Coach - Andy Kurth

The competitive swimming season in Far North Queensland extends from August to March although squads for swimmers of all levels are available all year round. The Marlin Coast Swim Clubs holds its' club nights on selected Friday nights from 6pm until 8pm throughout the season. All swimmers compete against their own best time in club events. On club night's swimmers are graded so that they swim against others of similar ability regardless of age or gender.

Marlin Coast Swim Club is based at the Smithfield Bicentennial Pool only ten kilometres from the Cairns CBD and in close proximity to the Cairns Beaches. Marlin Coast is happy to offer their swimmers a 25 metre heated pool under roof along with the 50 metre Olympic pool. The centre provides the perfect venue to race and enjoy watching swimming from the covered grandstand or under a tropical palm.

In addition, Marlin Coast enjoys the solid support of many families who support the club through donations of time, skills and resources. We are greatly indebted to all of these people for their support.

2010/2011 Committee:

Contact Details
Keith Layton
0412 331 715
Vice President & FNQ Delegate
Alex Witten
0419 411 766
Marilyn Woods
0448 294 733
Treasurer & Nominations
Alan Keith
0418 899 982
(Togs, shirts, swim
caps & hats)
Lindy Webber
0419 222 636
Leah Tong
0427 581 225
FNQ Delegate
Nick Hill-Murray
0438 341 403
Club Night Recorder
Kristen Knight
0438 578 307
Head Coach
Ben Eales
07 4057 7720

Contact Details

Smithfield Bicentennial Pool
Leisure Park Road (off Cheviot St)
PO Box 41, Smithfield, Qld, 4878

The Marlin Coast Swimming Club was established in 1986 and was based in these early years at the recently closed Billabong Caravan Park pool at Clifton Beach. This small pool was used for training both club members as well as providing Learn to Swim lessons for the general public. In 1988, after the completion of the new facility at Smithfield, the Marlin Coast Swimming Club moved its' base to this modern complex.

The club presently has three life members who worked tirelessly for Marlin Coast in its formative years. These Life Members are Mr Laurie Kent founding Head Coach, Mr Arthur Stroud and Mrs Marie Bacon long-term committee members. We are indebted to these foundation members for building the club to its' present day strength within the Far North Queensland Regional Swimming Association (FNQRSA).


Marlin Coast State Team 2010
Qld State Championships - Brisbane

Sarah Hill-Murray, Jasmine Tong, Adam Vander Zant, Nicolas Arenas, Meaghan Hill-Murray, Soraya Scott, Zoe Maxtone-Graham, Megan Kreuter, Hannah Witten, Lauren Arenas. Coach-Ben Eales.

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