SWIMMING

The GPS Swimming season consists of 6 lead up carnivals and culminates in the annual GPS Swimming Championships. Swimmers from Years 5-12 compete in Age groups/ divisions for the Senior competition (13 Years & Under to Open) and  Junior GPS (10 Years & Under to 12 Years & Under). The senior event has been held since 1918.

 

Timeline

Key events

1915    Swimming Championships commenced, inaugural year of competition (Tuesday 30 March)

Venue – Spring Hill Baths

Points system used to determine winner of Walker and Hall Challenge Cup

Competing schools – Brisbane Grammar School (BGS) – 54 points, Christian Brothers, Gregory Terrace (GT) – 20 points, Technical College (3 points)

Events: Open 50 Yards; Under 14 50 Yards; Open 100 Yards; 50 Yards Back and Breaststroke; Under 16 100 Yards; Open 440 Yards; Under 15 Relay Race; Open Relay Race;  Diving Championships

1916     Inclusion of additional schools to competition: Toowoomba Grammar School, Church of England Grammar School*, St Joseph’s Nudgee College, Clayfield                        College (to become Brisbane Boys’ College), St. Laurence’s School

Winners – Brisbane Grammar School

Addition of events into competition: 100 Yards Teams Handicap; Under 15 50 Yards; Neat Header; 100 Yards Teams

1918     Change of association name, inaugural year of The Great Public Schools’ Association of Queensland Inc.

Events: Open Freestyle – 50 Yards, 100 Yards, 440 Yards; Under 16 Freestyle 100 Yards; Under 14 Freestyle 50 Yards

Inaugural winners – St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace

1919     Addition of event into competition: Back and Breaststroke – Open 50 Yards

1920     St. Laurence’s leaves the GPS Association due to lack of turf pitch playing fields.

Brisbane Grammar School wins the Championship for the first time.

1921     Addition of age group and event into competition: Under 15 Freestyle 50 Yards

1922     The Southport School wins the Championship for the first time.

1923     St Joseph’s Nudgee College wins the Championship for the first time.

1926     Distances changed from Yards (Imperial) to Metres (Metric)

Events: Open Freestyle – 50m, 100m, 400m; Backstroke – 50m; Breaststroke – 50m; Under 16 Freestyle – 100m; Backstroke – 50m; Breaststroke – 50m; Under 15 Freestyle – 50m; Under 14 Freestyle – 50m

1930     Church of England Grammar School* wins the Championship for the first time.

1932     No Championships were held due to Polio epidemic

1933     Brisbane State High School wins the Championship for the first time.

1935     Toowoomba Grammar School wins the Championship for the first time.

1936     Addition of event into competition: Under 16 Freestyle 50m, 200m, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Backstroke

Removal of event: Under 16 Freestyle 100m

1938     No Championships were held due to Polio epidemic

1942     No Championships were held due to World War II

1946     Addition of events into competition: Open – Freestyle 100m and Breaststroke 100m; Under 15 – Backstroke 50m and Breaststroke 50m; Under 14 – Freestyle                100m; Backstroke 50m and Breaststroke 50m

1948     Addition of event into competition: Under 15 Freestyle 100m and Breaststroke 100m

1951     No Championships were held due to Polio epidemic

1960     Addition of event into competition: Under 16 Butterfly 50m

1964     Under 13 age group added into competition – Year 8 becomes part of secondary schooling

Events – Freestyle 50m, Freestyle 100m, Backstroke 50m, Breaststroke 50m

Addition of events into competition: Under 14 Freestyle 200m, Butterfly 50m; Under 15 Freestyle 200m, Butterfly 50m; Reintroduction of event into competition – Under 16 Freestyle 100m

1966-67   No Championships were held

1971     Addition of events into the competition: Under 13 Butterfly 50m; Under 13 Freestyle 200m

1974     New GPS Rule: Maximum of 3 Individual swim events

New Event addition 200 Metre Medley Relay: Under 13, 14, 15, 16 and OPEN

1978     New Event addition 200 Metre Freestyle: OPEN

1980     GPS Swimming Championships moves venue to the Chandler Aquatic Centre, now known as the Sleeman Sports Complex

1985     Addition of events into the competition: 200 Individual Medley: All Age

2014     Competition extended from Year 8 to commence from Year 5-12

Anglican Church Grammar School is the first school to win the inaugural GPS Championships event for Year 5-7, and the first school to win the double – Junior and Senior Championships

2015     Year 7 becomes part of secondary schooling

2016     Introduction of Wedges for Backstroke

 

* now known as Anglican Church Grammar School

 Contributors: Brett Shields (BBC), Matt Logan (BGS)

Competitor Quote

“Competing in the GPS Championships represents a highlight for all swimmers.” Joshua Smith – 2018 Captain of Swimming, Toowoomba Grammar School (2017 Australian Champion Under 16 Breaststroke and Commonwealth Games 2018 Competitor)

GPS Swimming Championships Trophy 

View the rich history of  GPS Swimming Champion schools in The Trophy Room.

Official Program

The GPS Centenary Swimming Championships Official Program contains competitor start lists, history of GPS Swimming results, records information, archive images and inspiring quotes from GPS swimming competitors past and present.

Member Schools