Club History



Club History

The PBA Piranhas Swimming Club (“PBA”) was formed in May 2007 through the renaming of the Sturt Flinders Piranhas Swimming Club.  

Initially the club comprised swimmers from Glenn Beringen’s Championship Squad training out of Morphett Road State Swim. Glenn, a Platinum level coach and triple Olympian was PBA’s Head Coach for three years, assisted by Jason Dunlop, a Silver level coach.  

In June 2015 Carolyn Veldhuyzen took over as head coach at PBA's home base, the 10-lane, 25-metre state-of-the art Immanuel College Sports Centre, Novar Gardens, PBA’s State, National Development and National Squads are the core of the Club.  

The PBA Swim School, operating from Immanuel College was also owned and operated by Glenn Beringen. With over 1,500 swimmers, it offers learn-to-swim and junior squad programs and acts as a feeder for the Swim Club, allowing PBA to support swimmers from an early age through a proven pathway to elite athlete development.  Glen moved interstate and recently the swim school was taken over by an entity formed and operated by Immanuel College and the swim school changed it's name to "iSwim Novar Gardens". 

Whilst catering to all levels of swimmers, PBA has a deep-seated competitive culture.  The Club is inclusive and fair with an ethical standing that underpins all Club decisions and activities.  

Although relatively young, PBA has emerged as a vibrant and inspirational club in South Australia and has already boasted several Australian swim team representatives.  In 2008, PBA ranked 13th at the Australian Age Championships and on many occasions the Club has finished in the Top 3 at South Australian State Championships as well as lesser meets. PBA sent 10 swimmers to the 2012 Australian Olympic trials.



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