About Us

Construction on the Ryde Council's Aquatic Centre was completed in December of 1961.

It opened in January of 1962, Forbes and Ursula Carlile who were coaching at the Drummoyne Olympic Pool won the  professional coaching rights, at first there was a 55 yard pool , a diving pool, learn to swim pool and a 25 yard pool which was soon rebuilt into a 55 yards "T pool" after the Ryde club  when its president Harry Anderson, (the Mayor of Ryde) urged by Forbes and Ursula was successful with Council in enlarging the swimming area.

The 1960s and 70.'s saw great success for Ryde swimmers with some 6 world record holders including Karen Moras, Shane Gould and Jenny Turrell who were also Olympic and World championship medal winners. Ryde swimmers trained in the summer at Ryde and in the winter at the Pymble indoor pool(25m)

Ryde Swimming Centre 1961

Ryde Swimming Centre, 1961

Because the Ryde complex was then outdoors and unheated for 4 years from 1977 the Forbes and Ursula Carlile coached at the indoor heated Narrabeen Sport and Recreation Pool where the Carlile Swimming Club was formed.

In 1982 when the Ryde Council built an  indoor 25m pool  next to the T pool Ursula Carlile returned as Head Coach of the Ryde Club , continuing to coach there  until the Ryde Complex was demolished in 1999  The new  indoor Ryde Aquatic Centre was opened  for the 2000  Olympics Water Polo early in the Year 2000.

In 2006 the club changed its name to Ryde-Carlile in recognition of the support provided by Ursula & Forbes Carlile through their Swimcentres.


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