AISHK 25th Anniversary Throwback: Australian Swimmers Visit

AISHK School Fete in 2000 (left to right): Chris Neilsen (Principal, 1996-2003), Michael Klim (Olympic gold medallist and former world record-holder), Albert Lau, Carolyn Bickerton (Director of Development & Community Relations, 2002-2005)
Co Heads of School, Phil Waugh and Leonie Drew with Head Girl and Head Boy, Jasmine Fasso and Alex Fasso and School Captains, Allira Wilson and Hugo Chan at the Opening Ceremony of the Aquatic Centre 2010

Sitting up high on Level 9 of the school, the AISHK Aquatic Centre is a state-of-the-art swimming complex that houses a multi-laned indoor pool and combined learning pool. In 2010, after four years of planning and eight months of construction, the school’s outdoor swimming pool was converted into a fully functional Aquatic Centre, complete with a roof and heating, extending its use as an all-year-round venue and offering nearly 360° views of the surrounding district.

As a non-profit school, all funds generated from AISHK operations are reinvested into the School’s development projects including the Aquatic Centre project. As the main sponsor for the Aquatic Centre, the AISHK Parent Association started fundraising in 2007 with the ‘All That Jazz’ Ball, and continued fundraising efforts over the years furthered their commitment to the project. In an except from Dhanara dated Wednesday 28 October 2009, AISHK PA President, Sue Burgess, shared her thanks to the community:

“On behalf of parents past and present, the Parent Association is very proud to be the main sponsor of the new Aquatic Centre. It will be a fantastic facility for our children to use all year round. The Parent Association is thrilled to continue our close working relationship with the school through this sponsorship. Parents continue to show their support in many and varied ways, so the acknowledgement of these efforts make us all very proud.”

Today, the Centre is a venue for in-house swimming activities, it is a training centre for students swimming as an extra-curricular activity and it is also used by members of our out-of-school swimming club. Over the years, AISHK has had the privilege of welcoming Australian medal-winning swimmers to the school, with some of them even taking a dip into the pool!

Grant Hackett 2007

In April 2007, Grant Hackett visited the school. He won the men’s 1500 metres freestyle race at both the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones 2007

In September 2007, AISHK students were treated to a training session with Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones. Ian shared technique advice for freestyle and Leisel shared advice for breaststroke. Ian Thorpe is known as one of Australia’s most successful swimmers, accumulating five Olympic gold medals and 11 world championship titles. Leisel Jones is also an Olympic champion: three gold, five silver and one bronze. You can read more here in the Lion Rock issue dated March 2008.

Kieren Perkins 2013

In May 2013, Kieren Perkins took some time to tour the school, meeting a number of Primary students on the Green Roof and also popping into the Aquatic Centre to see a Year 8 PE Class and talk with the students. He is an Olympic gold medallist and former world record holder (1500m freestyle). You can read more here in the Dhanara article dated Wednesday 22 May 2013.

Samantha Riley 2016

In February 2016, Samantha Riley visited the school, mentoring and talking to our swim squad students. Samantha won three medals in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics and is also well known for setting a world record in 1994 for the 100 metre event at the World Championships. You can read more here in the Dhanara article dated Thursday 18 February 2016.