A quick dip in the pool with the Glamourhead Sharks
We speak with Andrew Way about his passion for swimming and the benefits of being one of the Glamourhead Sharks.
When did you join and why?
July 2009. It was to keep fit and maintain my lifelong interest in swimming.
How did you hear about the club?
I found them on the Internet. From my travels and competitions, I knew most big cities have an LGBTI swim team, you just have to look!
How long have you been a competitive swimmer, and how do the Glamourhead Sharks differ from the other teams you've swum with?
I have swum competitively since the late 60's – yes I am that old! In many ways it's like many masters swim teams – a great group once they, and you, are comfortable with each other. I was particularly impressed with the welcome I received and how individuals went out of their way to help me orientate to the city.
What do you like most about being a Glamourhead Shark?
It's a relaxed place where you can participate as much or as little as you want. People are supportive, but not intrusive; helpful, without being overbearing; and most of all, good fun!
What's been you most memorable experience with the club?
It's terrible, but mostly the social events, from hosting Christmas parties at my place, through to the trip 16 of us just had in Kakadu. Of course the swimming and competitions are great, and the support and camaraderie is also great. Winning is really about achieving what you set out to do as opposed to beating others.
What's been your proudest moment?
No idea! Maybe seeing new members go from being shy and reserved to fully engaged and contributing.
What other goals would you like to accomplish as a swimmer?
I want to be entering competitions when I'm 75.
[Image] Glamourhead Sharks. Photo: Supplied
The Glamourhead Sharks train three times a week and for details visit glamourheads.org