Club History

  • Local residents Abe and Jean McClelland donated the land on which the Lara Pool was constructed and it was named in their honour. It was the first chlorinated pool in the Geelong area.
  • In February 1963 the inaugural pool manager, Mr. Herb Jeffery, called a meeting to gauge community interest for the establishment of a swimming club.
  • The pool was officially opened on 02-03-1963 and the new Lara Amateur Swimming and Lifesaving Club held its first swim meet on that day.
  • The pool was built to imperial measurements, being slightly longer than a 50-metre pool.
  • From inception, weekly swim meets have been held. At the end of each season, Presentation Days have been held to award trophies to those who have won the highest number of points over the past season. A number of special awards have also been made each year.
  • We have also provided a learners’ program at the same time as our weekly Club Meets since 1963.
  •  In its early years the pool was unheated, so the swimmers needed much stamina to undertake early morning training sessions. Minutes of the 1975 Annual General Meeting mention that the pool had been heated.
  • The clubroom was officially opened in March 1976, with significant funding being provided by the Shire of Corio. In addition, Club members conducted fundraising activities for a number of years to contribute towards the cost.
  • With council amalgamations in 1993, management of the pool transferred to the City of Greater Geelong.
  • In 1994 our name was changed to Lara Swimming Club Inc. to meet the requirements of new incorporation legislation.
  • Our Club colours of navy-blue and white have been used throughout our history, with our current logo being the third version.
  • Huge celebrations have been held to celebrate our significant milestones. These have included our 25th anniversary (1988), 40th anniversary (2003) and 50th anniversary (2013).
  • Club and training finished abruptly in mid-March 2020, due to the increasing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  It is expected that both aspects will be able to proceed in the upcoming season, but there will be some changes in line with COVID safe plans.


Pam Strijder (Archivist) 2020


Club training in 1963 (Photo courtesy of Geelong Heritage Centre)