Townsville Grammar School students enjoy access to an Olympic size, four lane, swimming pool on the North Two swimming programmes operate from this facility; Swim@Grammar and The Kokoda Spirit SwimmingClub. Both programmes are co-ordinated by Townsville Grammar School Head Swim Coach, Mr Glenn Beringen at the North Ward Campus. The pool is an all-seasons facility equipped with gas heating and thermal blankets for cooler months and shade cloth covers above the pool for warmer periods of the year.
As an athlete, Glenn was an elite swimmer, representing Australia at Olympic and Commonwealth Games. He won a silver medal at 1984 Olympic Games held in Atlanta USA for 50m Butterfly.
As a coach, he is a Platinum Level coach (awarded to coaches who have coached athletes who have medalled at world or Olympic championships) with Level III NCAS accreditation, Level 1 NCAS strength and conditioning accreditation.
- Triple Olympic Gold Medal Coach, Athens, 2004 (Petria Thomas)
- Head Coach of the Australian Youth Olympic Squad in 2013
- Two years Australian Institute of Sport Senior Swim Coach
- Ten years South Australian Institute of Sport Head Swim Coach
- Five years Head Coach and Owner of Personal Best Aquatics Swim School
The Swim@Grammar Programme is available to students interested in building their fitness and improving their swimming through squad style training sessions. The timetables are available to download below.
Kokoda Spirit Swimming Club
Townsville Grammar School shares a partnership with the Kokoda Spirit Swimming Club, allowing students with competitive swimming interests to access advanced coaching programmes and Club level competitions throughout the year. Kokoda Spirit Swimming Club membership is required to access these sessions. Students enjoy a School subsidised membership fee valued at approximately $2,500 towards the total costs. This subsidy is offered to each Townsville Grammar School swimmer on an annual basis.
Following training, Townsville Grammar School students also have access to breakfast provided by the School canteen available every morning from 7:30am.
To go to the Kokoda Spirit website, click here: http://kokodaspiritswimclub.wix.com/townsville
General Excellence Bursary
Swimmers with outstanding potential and/or recognition may apply to the Principal for part-tuition fee relief through provision of a General Excellence Bursary. These bursaries are available where a high performing swimmer entering the School in Years 7-12 has clearly demonstrated swimming standards at a very high level. The provision of this tuition fee relief is to assist families to offset the cost of supporting an athlete and all the associated expenses of training and competition. Note: These Bursaries are available for students applying to enter the Townville Grammar community at any grade within the Middle or Senior Schools.
An application form can be downloaded from the website - click here.
For further information regarding the Swim@Grammar or Kokoda Spirit Swimming Club programmes please contact:
Mr Glenn Beringen - Head Swim Coach
0413 874 401
Mr Ken Raven - Director of Sport
0418 734 418