Splish Splash with Aqualicious
'Wet and delicious' perfectly sums up the fun and fitness at the heart of Brisbane based swim team Aqualicious. Lindsay Nutley talks to Queensland Pride about the successful sports and social group.
While participating at Gay Games VI in Sydney, Todd Buttery & Rhyl Jones-McCoy decided it was time that Brisbane had its own gay and lesbian swim team. Working with Centenary Pool, the club placed ads in the gay newspapers and on websites and then one sunny morning in April 2003 six people turned up to our first session – the dream was now officially a reality.
Originally established under the auspices of Team Brisbane, the squad was named after the Pool Party. In August 2003 the squad officially registered with Masters Swimming Queensland a total of 15 members. The team has since grown to become one of the largest Masters Swimming Clubs in Queensland.
Aqualicious pool parties are a calendar highlight for many in the Brisbane GLBTIQ community. As well as being one of the primary fundraising events for the club, the pool party provides an opportunity for the community to engage with us in a way that has a little wet and a lot of delicious.
Aqualicious is a registered Masters Swimming Club: QAL. It was established to create a dedicated swim club for the GLBTIQ community of Brisbane, while developing a positive, socially inclusive group that promotes health and fitness. What we have learned from this decade is that we are an 'inclusive' club, not constrained by the title 'gay & lesbian club' but inspired by the diversity and acknowledgement we give to all of our members, their partners, friends and family.
First and foremost, Aqualicious is about swimming. We actively participate in Masters Swim events including swimming training, swim carnivals and ocean swims. We embrace the Masters principles of 'fun, fitness and friendship' and have a range of ages (from 18 to 60), sexualities and genders. It is exciting to see a growing number of female swimmers who now participate in their own relays. From beginners to state champions, most of our squad sits somewhere in the middle, but there are opportunities to challenge, improve and enjoy your swimming no matter what your level.
Currently we are looking for a new Head Coach. Our existing coach, Lawrie Fabian, is about to take a well-earned break to enjoy his swimming (and life) more. Lawrie leaves the club in awesome shape. His great gift as a coach was to encourage swimmers of all levels based on the latest techniques. The club also has a second coach and assistant coaches.
Ten years of swimming 2003 to 2013 is testament to Aqualicious being something special to many people. As a way to celebrate and say a huge thank you to all the swimmers who over the years have 'graced' the lanes, to our coaches, partners, families, sponsors and supporters we are having an Aqualicious Gala Dinner at Hotel Urban on Saturday, September 14. Tickets are still available from our website www.aqualicious.com.au.
If you want to swim for fitness, competitions or to develop friendship, Aqualicious has a wonderful team spirit; the squad has embraced the social aspect and there are many ways to become involved.
We train at Centenary Pool in inner city Brisbane. We usually train on Tuesday & Thursday nights and Saturday mornings. Due to pool renovations the club has temporarily been training at the Colmslie Aquatic Centre. It will reopen in September and the squad will return ‘home’. The best way to access information about the squad is via our website: aqualicious.com.au or Facebook.