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History

The Frankston & Mornington Peninsula Flyers Swimming Club Inc. (Flyers) was formed through the amalgamation of Frankston Peninsula Swimming Club (FPSC) and Mornington Peninsula Flyers Swimming Club (MPF) in 2013.

In the mid 1990’s, well-known local coach Ken McGarvin established the Mt Eliza Swimming Club, based at Toorak College. The club later changed its name to Mornington Peninsula Flyers and moved to the current site at the Mornington Secondary College (MSC) pool, establishing a partnership with the Kiddieswim learn-to-swim business.

As Head Coach for many years, Ken grew the numbers of swimmers and the standard of performance considerably, with Flyers swimmers going on to become multiple State medalists and competing at both Age and Open National championships on a regular basis. Ken retired from coaching in 2008 and was made a Life Member of the club for his considerable contribution. He passed away in 2014 and will always be remembered fondly by Flyers and those families whose swimmers crossed his 'pool'.

FPSC was formed in the early seventies with Ken McGarvin being one of the early coaches. Shortly after the club began, Max Smith became Vice President and was instrumental in the development and growth of FPSC, which was originally based at The Peninsula School and moved into Jubilee Park when it opened.  He held the position until his death in 1985.

Since then, his family have maintained their association with the club, with two of Max’s children, twins Judith and Janice, still active members serving on the current committee of the merged club and holding senior posts as Officials with Swimming Victoria.  Their mother Margaret and brother Trevor have also both been active contributors to the club and the sport of swimming and all are Life Members of the club. In 2012, Judith and Janice received OAM awards in the Queen’s Birthday honours for their service to the sport.

The two clubs agreed to a merger for mutual benefit after the respective committee’s worked together to create the current club. FPSC gained the services of the coaching team from Peninsula Sports Academy (PSA), under head Coach Alex Webb, who runs the training programs for Flyers, whilst MPF were able to gain access to extra pool space at Jubilee Park.

With the 2014 opening of the Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC), a new 50m Olympic standard pool in Frankston, Flyers now operates squads based from PARC and MSC, as well as running some sessions at The Peninsula School pools.

With direct links between Flyers and the Learn-to-Swim providers at both MSC and PARC, the club is growing strongly and has cemented its current standing as a top 10 ranked club in Victoria over the past few years, currently being ranked 7th overall based on competitive swimming performances.

Flyers is proud of its long association with the promotion of swimming as a competitive sport in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula regions over many decades through its predecessor club’s and is looking forward to many more decades at the forefront of the sport in the area.