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Swim Squad attracts international interest The City of Canterbury Bankstown’s swimming squad program is being internationally recognised, with one family traveling from East Africa each year, to take part in it. Yes  

The City of Canterbury Bankstown’s swimming squad program is being internationally recognised, with one family traveling from East Africa each year, to take part in it.

The Vikan family, who live in Malawi, travel to Canterbury-Bankstown every summer to train with Council’s swimming squad, run by Harlee Elite, at Max Parker and Roselands Leisure and Aquatic Centres.

Selvi Vikan, who has two children, Kiran, 7, and Jasmine, 10, said there was no other program she would consider for her children.

"It’s almost like the Canterbury-Bankstown squads are made for the individual - even in a group, the coaches make sure they tailor exercises and lessons to each child," she said.

"They’ve got a long-term perspective and they’re all about building a swimmer’s capacity."

Both Kiran and Jasmine will take part in an intensive two-week program during their annual trip, where they will learn race skills, new swim sets and drills, and a different approach to training, in preparation for the 2018 Malawi Swimming National Championships.

Harlee Elite Managing Director, Alex Clarke, said it’s the family and community roots that puts Canterbury-Bankstown’s swimming squad program above all others.

"We’re all about bringing variety and fun to each of our training sessions, while driving individual goals along the way," Mr Clarke said.

"We want every swimmer to be their best and, most importantly, learn as they grow."

Mrs Vikan said her children’s achievements, as a result of training under Mr Clarke, speak for themselves.

"Last year, I wanted Kiran to swim a one 25-metre race and I wanted Jasmine to finish in the top 10 in just one race at our Malawi National competition," Mrs Vikan said.

"The Canterbury-Bankstown coaches helped my kids smash those goals. Kiran ended up in three 25-metre races and Jasmine actually won two bronze medals!"

Mayor, Khal Asfour, said with such an interest in Council’s swimming programs, as well as the summer rush at our pools, it was important to continue to employ swimming instructors and lifeguards.

"We had almost 6,000 children enrolled in our swim school in Term 4 this year," Mayor Asfour said.

"There are more than 300 swimmers enrolled in our swimming squad program and our five leisure and aquatic centres see more than 720,000 people walk through its doors each year."

"Council is looking for at least 10 new swimming instructors and 10 new lifeguards this summer.

"We need people who love working with the local community and in the water, have the relevant industry qualifications and who want to be part of an A-class team."

For more information, or to apply for a swimming instructor or lifeguard position, go to

 3/01/2018 10:05 AM