The club holds a number of one off special events such as the:

1. Jon Facey Challenge Race

In the 1975/76 season the then Senior Champion, Jon Facey, threw down the gauntlet to all the up and coming bucks from the Junior ranks over a 100m FS match race. The idea was to select the fastest seven 100m swimmers over the season including the 100m Club Championship races and have a one off match race at the end of the season. The event would incorporate separate Men’s and Ladies races.

A large trophy cup was purchased and donated to the club by Jon Facey. Finally the day arrived and in a boil-over Jon Facey was beaten into second place by Duncan Wade with Veronica Hatcher winning the Ladies challenge.

There was much debate as to whether the trophy should be named the Jon Facey “Memorial” Trophy but this light heartedness was sensibly overlooked for the more apt “Jon Facey Challenge Trophy”.

Since then, the trophy has represented a major highlight for all budding stars to aspire to within the Club and has also provided all Club members with a fitting spectacle to cap off the season on a high note.

As an epilogue Jon Facey has competed in the race many times over the years and still to this day has never won. A true example of what the spirit of the trophy and the club represents. Try hard and always give it your best shot, no matter what your age.

2. President’s Challenge Race

In the 1994/95 season the then President, Chris Gray, thought that the prestige of the Jon Facey Challenge Trophy should be extended to encompass the club’s younger swimmers.

Subsequently, Chris donated a trophy called the President’s Trophy. The trophy was to be organised along the same lines as the Jon Facey Challenge Trophy but with 3 major restrictions.

  • The race was to be a 50mFS sprint,
  • the age restriction was 12 years and under, and
  • the swimmer cannot compete for both the Jon Facey and President’s Challenge trophies.

3. JC 1000

Jim Croke was a long time stalwart of the club who was well known to swim at the same pace no matter what the distance.

President Chris Gray organised a 1000m challenge for Jim and the rest of the club and sure enough Jim came in almost exactly the predicted time.

In honour of Jim’s service and committment to the club a special event named the JC 1000 is now held to challenge all our swimmers young and old.

4. Handicap Relay Challenge

Introduced in 2006-07 the Handicap Relay Challenge is held during the first half of the season and allows swimmers to join teams of 4 or 5 to race in 3 handicap relay races over a six week period.

The teams are pre-nominated and a simple pointscore applied. Handicaps are varied each week according to club results and/or the handicapper’s discretion.

A committment to the team, tactical team selection, consistent performances and sheer luck is the recipe for success.

5. Handicap Challenge

The Handicap Challenge is a knockout-style event open to all members who have qualified for and swum the 50m Freestyle event during season.

The event is on a single Saturday morning at the end of the season, and there are heats, semi-finals (if needed) and a final. The winner of the final is named the “Handicap Challenge Champion”.

6. Duathlon

The inspiration of the City to Surf and Cole Classic rough water swim resulted in the introduction of the Annual Duathlon events held on the last day of the season.The Duathlon is a run/swim event held over various distances for the various age brackets (as at 1 Feb) and once again is an example of the variety that the AASC provides its members.

Division Ages Run leg Swim leg
Nippers 9yrs and under 110m 25m
Cadets 10 to 12yrs 330m 100m
Juniors 13 to 15yrs 660m 200m
Seniors 16yrs and over 1000m 300m



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Membership Season Fees are comprised of “Club Fees”, “Metro South East Fees” and “Swimming NSW Fees”.

Compared to many other clubs our club fees are very reasonable. The Club membership fees covers:
1. Swimming NSW Registration
2. Swimming NSW Insurance
3. Metropolitan South East Fees
4. Ashfield Municipal Council Pool Hire Fees
5. Annual Trophies
The fees do not include pool entry fees.

Unlike a lot of other clubs, at AASC when you pay your fees there are no additional weekly club race fees. You can swim in as many events as you like at Saturday club meets without additional cost.

Many members take part in external events outside Saturday club meets. For example:
• swimming carnivals;
• lifesaving / resuscitation accreditation;
• ocean swims;
• fun-runs;
• golf days;
• barbeque and picnic days;
• parents nights-out.

The club does not fund entry fees or other charges associated with activities outside Saturday club meets with Club membership fees unless agreed at a club meeting.

However, there may be fund raising activities such as raffles, donations or sponsorship to help subsidise some of these additional activities as determined by a club meeting.


member-portalMemberships need to be made on-line via the Swimming NSW portal by clicking on this link where there are user guides about how to do this.



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The history of Ashfield Amateur Swimming Club is closely tied to the history of the Ashfield Swimming Complex.

historic AshfieldIn the beginning
The site of the present swimming complex was known as Bailey Park.

There was much debate over many years on the development of a swimming pool. Eventually a loan of £50,000 was arranged to build a swimming complex on the site for a total estimated cost of £200,000 (that’s several million dollars in today’s money).

The Swimming Complex was finally completed in January 1963 and opened by the Premier, the Honourable R. J. Heffron, before a gathering of more than 600 people.

The 60′s & 70′s
On 2 February 1963, less than one month after the opening of Ashfield Pool, the first meeting of the Ashfield Amateur Swimming Club took place. By the end of the season, around mid April, the Club boasted a membership of 330. And thus started an icon in the history of the Ashfield Community.

On the back of swimming hysteria throughout the 60′s, the Club maintained membership well above 200 members and developed into one of the most successful community sporting clubs in the district. Supported by enthusiastic parents and pool coaches, the Club was very successful in all facets of swimming. The Club had a number of School State Champions and a healthy link with the NSW country region through the Parkes Swimming Club.

By the late 60′s and early 70′s, the Club’s horizons widened to take in lifesaving with the Royal Lifesaving Association (RLSA) and Learn to Swim. Lifesaving allowed the average swimmer to compete successfully at a high level, and this suited a vast majority of the Club’s junior members. The experience of carnivals on Botany Bay and Sydney Harbour was magnificent for those “westy” kids who were “deprived” of such pleasures.

Ashfield became one of the most successful lifesaving clubs throughout the 70′s. Learn to Swim campaigns were on a voluntary basis. Junior members were encouraged to offer their services to the community to teach swimming to the public for free. This included both child and adult instruction, and for many years this was a core responsibility for the Club to the community.

Water Polo was even on the agenda for a short while in the late 70′s and early 80′s. The Club had some very successful teams in the NSW competition.

The 80′s & 90′s
Towards the end of the 70′s, the committee that held the Club together were running out of children and had exhausted all their energies. Those families had supported and guided the Club through 20 years of growth, and their work and countless of hours of effort stands as a legacy today. Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the families Bayfield, Ferrier, Leet, Rouse, Sheppard, Tulip & Wherrett.

With the disappearance of the original fraternity, the Club saw a decline in competitive swimming and lifesaving from the late 70′s and throughout the 80′s. There were a number of excellent swimmers in the Club but the intensity and drive was different.

During the late 80′s and early 90′s, there was a revitalisation of the Club and the pool’s coaching staff. A new breed of swimmer and committee emerged and there was an influx of enthusiasm resulting in a number of State Champions both at the elite and school level.

This came to a sad end in 1995 when our coach aligned with another club which was allowed to form at the pool.  This split the club members and left AASC without a dedicated coach to feed swimmers to the Club.

In order to survive, the committee had to change direction. Thanks to their efforts and the loyalty of the members, the Club weathered this change.

Since the split the Club focussed more on the family and social aspects of the community. Activities include Swimming Carnivals, rough water swims (notably participation in Bondi’s Cole classic), lifesaving, Learn to Swim programs, bushwalking, picnic days, duathlons, City to Surf teams, as well as the normal swimming agenda.

21st Century
Ashfield Council has continued to support the local community through a comprehensive lifesaving sponsorship which in turn has become a focal point of the Club’s annual activities. This program has seen hundreds of people gain lifesaving accreditation – actually assisting in “saving” lives. What more can one ask for?

The pool coaching responsibilites transferred to an up and coming coach who took the club to the State and National titles with many title and record holders. Although it was a turbulent time for those not used to such change it turned out to be very beneficial for the club.

It was evident that the success of the club was, and always will be, the club swimmer who swims week in and week out at Ashfield Pool because they enjoy swimming with a great bunch of people regardless of their talent.

The Present and the Future
The Club is, once again, a family, community-oriented club and we have coaches who are feeding swimmers into the club once more.  Our focus is still on fun and personal performance, with some friendly competition thrown in for good measure.

The Club’s trials and tribulations have endowed it with the flexibility to withstand change and hardship. We have stood the test of time and are better for it.

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