Castle hill rsl dolphins

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TO THE HOME OF CASTLE HILL RSL DOLPHINS!

We are a family-oriented swim club supporting swimmers through all stages of competitive swimming held under official competition rules. Building life long friendships and team spirit!


Our club meets at Castle Hill RSL Fitness & Aquatic Centre on Friday nights throughout both Summer and Winter seasons with races commencing at 6:30pm. All club nights are timed official times and run by our growing team of qualified Technical Officials.


Races cater for all ages and abilities in the Castle Hill Swimming indoor 25m heated pool and range from 25 to 1500m events.


Swimmers are encouraged to train at Castle Hill Swimming and to participate not just on Friday club nights, but also to represent the Dolphins at external carnivals such as:


  • Swimming Metro North West (SMNW) District Championships
  • NSW Metropolitan Championships
  • RSL State Trials
  • Speedo Sprints
  • Open waters
  • NSW State Championships
  • National Age Championships and International Level competitions


Chrd sc qualifying meet

saturday 29th june 2024

Friday night race

Our Friday Night Club Races are run in a family-friendly environment for swimmers most Fridays (excluding school holidays) depending on the availability of our volunteer technical officials.


All races are timed by the Dolphin System and then submitted and logged onto Swim Central as official times. Race entries close every week on Wednesday at 6pm.


We have coaches on deck most race nights to correct any issues with strokes during races.


Entry and warm up: 6:30pm

Race commence: 6:45pm

Member: $2/per race entry (no refund policy)


ALL race entries must be entered on Swim Central. Maximum 3 entries per swimmer.

Race programs

4 Race Programs are on rotation each week to benefit the swimmer no matter what age or ability, ensuring that all distances and strokes can be raced to achieve possible qualifying times.


New swimmers 10yrs and under are initially required to swim 25m no matter their ability, to acquire a qualifying time to proceed to 50m races. If you need to change your entry or make a withdraw, please email: fridayraces@castlehilldolphins.com.au




book your free trial

Thinking about joining the Dolphins?

Come along and enjoy 2 free trials if you’re interested in becoming a Dolphins club member!


Fill out your trial form below and make sure to scroll to the end and hit submit.

member registration

Joining us is easy!


Follow these steps below or come find one of our helpful board members on a Friday night to walk it through with you! Let us know you’ve joined and email us at: registrar@castlehilldolphins.com.au


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Club calendar

october 2023

  • 13th - Dolphins development night
  • 20th - CLUB NIGHT recommence (program 1),
  • 20th - Time Trials Race Night
  • 20th - Club Captains announcement
  • 27th - No Club races due to SMNW champs that weekend
  • 28th - Open water
  • 28-29th - SMNW 2023 Summer Championships
  • 3rd - CLUB NIGHT (program 2)
  • 4th - SMNW 2023 Summer Championships (Long Distance) Blacktown
  • 10th - CLUB NIGHT (program 3)
  • 12th - Open Water Championships at SIRC
  • 17th - CLUB NIGHT (program 4)
  • 18th - RSL ZONE 4 Trial 1/4
  • 25-26th - Junior Metro Championships
  • 25th - RSL ZONE 4 Trial 2/4
  • 24th - CLUB NIGHT (program 1) CANCELLED
  • 1st - CLUB NIGHT (program 1)
  • 2nd - RSL ZONE 4 Trial 3/4
  • 3rd - Dolphins Christmas party at Cables waterpark (12-3pm)
  • 8th - CLUB NIGHT (program 2)
  • 9th - RSL ZONE 4 Trial 4/4
  • 15th - CLUB NIGHT XMAS POOL PARTY INFLATABLE. No racing tonight.
  • 10-16th - Senior States Championships
  • 17-18th - NSW Open Water Championships at SIRC
  • 10th - Sapphire & Diamond squad training at Riverstone
  • 12th - CLUB NIGHT RECOMMENCE FOR 2024 (program 1)
  • 17th - Sapphire & Diamond squad training at Riverstone
  • 19th - CLUB NIGHT (program 2)
  • 26th - NO CLUB NIGHT (Australia Day Pubic Holiday)
  • 2nd - CLUB NIGHT (program 3) CANCELLED due to Speedo Sprints
  • 4th - Speedo Sprints Series (Entries close 11:59pm, 24th Jan 2024)
  • 9th - CLUB NIGHT (program 3)
  • 16th - CLUB NIGHT (program 4)
  • 23rd - CLUB NIGHT (program 1)
  • 24-25th - NSW Senior Metro Championships at SOPAC

(Entries close 5pm, 13th Feb 2024)

  • 1st - CLUB NIGHT (program 2)
  • 2nd - Speedo Sprints Finals at SOPAC
  • 8th - CLUB NIGHT (program 3) CANCELLED due to RSL State Champs
  • 9th - RSL State Championships @ Hornsby aquatic centre
  • 15th - CLUB NIGHT (program 3)
  • 15-17th NSW State Open Championships at SOPAC
  • 22nd - CLUB NIGHT (program 4)
  • 23rd-24th - NSW Junior State Age Championships at SOPAC
  • 29th - NO CLUB NIGHT (Good Friday public holiday)
  • 1st - WINTER SEASON COMMENCE
  • 5th - CLUB NIGHT (program 1)
  • 6-14th - Australian Age Championships (Gold Coast Aquatic Centre QLD)
  • 12th - CLUB NIGHT (program 2)
  • 15th - School holiday
  • 17-20th - Australian Open Championships (Gold Coast Aquatic Centre QLD)



  • 3rd - CLUB NIGHT (program 3 - including 2024 Summer club championship Open 400m F/S)
  • 10th - CLUB NIGHT (program 4)
  • 9-11th - NSW Sydney Open at SOPAC
  • 17-18th - 2024 SUMMER CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS (point score)
  • 18-19th -2024 NSW SC Qualifying Meet
  • 24-25TH - 2024 SUMMER CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS (point score)
  • 31st - CLUB NIGHT (program 1)
  • 7th - CLUB NIGHT CANCELLED due to next day Meet (program 2)
  • 8-9th - SMNW Winter Championships
  • 14th - CLUB NIGHT (program 2)
  • 21st - CLUB NIGHT (program 3)
  • 28th - CLUB NIGHT CANCELLED due to next day Meet (program 4)
  • 29th - CHRD SC Qualifying Meet @ SOPAC
  • 5th - CLUB NIGHT (program 4)
  • 12th - NO CLUB NIGHT (school holidays)
  • 19/20/21st - 2024 NSW Metro SC Champs (no club night)
  • 26th - CLUB NIGHT (program 1)
  • 5th - CLUB NIGHT (program 2)
  • 12th - CLUB NIGHT (program 3)
  • 19th - CLUB NIGHT (program 4)
  • 23rd - CLUB NIGHT (program 1)
  • 23/24/25th - NSW Senior State SC Champs

September 2024

  • 6th - CLUB NIGHT (program 2)
  • 7/8th - 2024 NSW Junior State SC Champs
  • 13th - CLUB NIGHT (program 3)
  • 20th - CLUB NIGHT (program 4)
  • 27th - CLUB NIGHT (program 1)
  • 27th - NSW Senior State SC Champs

November 2023

December 2023

January 2024

February 2024

March 2024

April 2024

May 2024

June 2024

July 2024

August 2024

  • 20th December 2023 ~ 29th January 2024
  • 15th April 2023 ~ 26th April 2024
  • 8th July 2024 ~ 19th July 2024
  • 30th September 2024 ~ 11th October 2024

Public holidays

  • Christmas Day - 25th December 2023
  • Boxing Day - 26th December 2023
  • New Years Day - 1st January 2024
  • Australia Day - 26th January 2024
  • Good Friday - 29th March 2024
  • Easter Monday - 1st April 2024
  • Monarchs birthday - 10th June 2024
  • Labour Day - 7th October 2024
  • Christmas Day - 25th December 2024
  • Boxing Day - 26th December 2024

NSW school holidays

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Duke of edinburgh

This season we are introducing the Duke of Edinburgh Award! This award allows all of your efforts in the pool or open water to go toward a program that is internationally recognised and can lead to additional HSC grades and scholarships. Swimming NSW endorses the Duke of Edinburgh program.


Age requirement for the Duke of Edinburgh program is between the age of 14 to 24 years. Additional costs are expected due to your other activities that you may want to complete outside of swimming and the camp that is compulsory toward the end of your program.


We are commencing with the Bronze camp but are considering adding the Silver and Gold programs in the near future.


For more information and/or to commence the program at CHRD, contact Award Leader:


president@castlehilldolphins.com.au


Club board

Our board members consist of swimmers parents and friends. We aim to provide ongoing support to the Dolphins club that will benefit each and every swimmer and their family. You can meet our friendly board members on our Friday night races.

Coaches

Castle Hill RSL Dolphins Swimming Club is proud to be closely affiliated with Castle Hill Swimming (CHS), whose coaches provide support and guidance to all Dolphins swimmers during training, competitions, club activities and programs.

Head coach

haibin zhu

Haibin is our clubs Head Coach with over 20 years of coaching knowledge and experience! Haibin was a National junior record holder of 100m Fly in SC & LC in China. Haibins favourite hobbies is to travel & hike. His favourite food is Thai food~ yum!


  • Favourite Quote “JUST DO IT”

coach

Aaron wartmann

Aaron has been a national swimmer from 2015-2022 and his favourite events are 200 & 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke.


  • Favourite Quote “An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head” - Emil Zatopek

coach

chris thomson

Chris’s favourite stroke is the butterfly, he loves teaching breaststroke but secretly hates swimming it . His favourite colour is green and loves eating spicy foods!


“I might look scary or mad but I’m actually a teddy bear, a big softie!”


  • Favourite Quote “Do or Do Not. There is no Try.”

coach

jade kember

Jade loves to swim but cannot do backstroke to save her life. She loves going on late night drives and listening to Aussie rock.


  • Favorite quote: “Without pain, without sacrifice, we would have nothing” - Fight Club

Captains

Captains - 2023/2024

YEAR

2023/2024

2022/2023

FEMALE CAPTAIN

MALE CAPTAIN

JACKIE GHAVIDEL

CAPTAIN: BELLA MULUKIN

VICE: CHARLOTTE JEFFREE

VICE: AMELIA BRICE

JAIDEN GENG

CAPTAIN: ROHNAN LINDSAY

VICE: JOEL ROGERS

Club history and life members

Castle Hill RSL Dolphins Swim Club had its origins in West Pennant Hills when Pat Norton (a former Olympic Swimmer who swam backstroke at the 1936 Berlin Games), opened a Swim school at the Sun Valley Pool in 1955. In 1968 as the swim school grew club social races were introduced. In the late 1960’s Jan Coulter came to work for Pat Norton and became the club coach.


In 1973 the club was officially registered with NSW Swimming as West Pennant Hills Amateur Swimming Club (ASC).

Max Ruddock was the federal member for the Hills at the time and became patron of the club. His son Phillip Ruddock also lived locally and his children all learnt to swim at the Sun Valley Pool. The Max and Emmie Ruddock trophies are still presented each year and usually Phillip Ruddock finds time to personally present them at the annual summer presentation.


In 1974 the Castle Hill RSL relocated from Old Northern Rd to its present Castle St location. The new club had an indoor 25m pool in the lower floor referred to as “the moat” by the locals. In 1978 the RSL engaged Jan Coulter to operate the swim school. The West Pennant Hills Swimming Club was no longer able to operate from Sun Valley and relocated to the Blind School pool at North Rocks for a short period.


By 1980 the Coulter Swim School had grown and Jan Coulter introduced Friday Night “Developmental Races” at the RSL for her competitive swimmers to swim time trials and races. She applied for the RSL to close the pool to public swimmers from 6-8pm each Friday Night. The swimmers still competed in NSW Swimming events as members of the West Pennant Hills Swimming club. The numbers were high and the West Pennant Hills Swim Club won the Castlereagh District Championships for 5 years in a row from 1978 through until 1982.


In 1982 it was decided to change the name of the club from West Pennant Hills Amateur Swimming Club to Castle Hill RSL Dolphins ASC. The club would swim weekly in the Friday time-slot. Swimmers also participated in NSW State RSL Swimming Championships representing Castle Hill as part of Zone 4, the local district. At the time the club was one of the biggest in the Castlereagh District and hence the Dolphins Swim Club as we know it today was born.


Life members

2022 - Iain Cox, Ingrid marchant


2016 - kerrie mcdonald


2014 - tom fegan


2012 - lisa emmett, peter duigan, nikki siddle


2007 - wendy breen, simon breen, stephan coulter


2006 - graham taylor, vera melville


2005 - john mcintosh


2002 - penny bernard


2000 - ron brettle


1996 - greg carson, jan carson


1992 - george brown


1988 - lena thenus


1985 - colin ferguson


1983 - jan coulter

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