The St. John’s Legends Swim Club is a non-profit, competitive swim club with over 200 members and a 40 year history of offering competitive swimming in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Club is affiliated with Swim Newfoundland and Labrador and with the National Sport Governing body Swim/Natation Canada.
The Legends Swim Club employs a full-time Head Coach, two full-time Assistant Head Coaches, and fifteen part-time Assistant Coaches. Our coaches are well trained and motivated individuals eager to help each child strive to achieve his/her fullest potential.
The Legends offer programs for a variety of ages and skill levels, from our pre-competitive Lil Legends squads (young, inexperienced, novice swimmers) to our National squad (dedicated athletes competing at a national level). Legends swimmers compete against swimmers of the same age and ability levels across the province and across the country. New swimmers may choose not to compete until the parents, coach and swimmer agree that the individual is ready.
The Legends Swim Club currently trains out of three pools: the Aquarena, the Memorial University pool, and the Paul Reynolds Community Centre. This offers an excellent combination of training facilities for all club members.
Our Board of Directors is made up of parent volunteers who oversee the operations of the Legends Swim Club. The Board meets regularly and parents are encouraged to become involved in the club.
Club Philosophy and Goals
The primary purpose of the St. John's Legends Swim Club is to provide an opportunity for each of its members to attain his or her maximum potential in competitive swimming. In pursuing this goal, it is our belief that each swimmer will derive significant benefits in the areas of:
1. Character development - understanding the value of hard work and commitment, learning to contribute to a team effort, and self-image enhancement.
2. Internal rewards - experiencing the unique satisfaction that follows 100% unconditional commitment.
Mission and Philosophy of the St. John's Legends Swim Club:
The Club will strive
-To maintain and develop a competitive swim team, having as its goals the maximization of the potential of all members as competitive swimmers and the maximization of personal satisfaction and growth on the part of the members through the Club's training, competitive, and social programs.
- To cost-effectively deliver a superior program from developmental to elite levels of training and competition for the athletes and coaches of the St. John's Legends Swim Club. This will be accomplished by coordinating the initiatives and programs -- from TIP to the National Squad -- and working interdependently with the coaching staff, athletes, parents, and executives.
The St. John's Legends Swim Club, originally NAAC - the Newfoundland Aquarena Aquatic Club, was founded in 1978 following the construction of the Aquarena and the city's hosting of the 1977 Canada Summer Games. The club developed quickly under the direction of its first head coach Tom Arusso and within two seasons Paula Kelly had been named to Canada's 1980 Olympic team. Over the years the club has continued to be a leader on the provincial swimming scene. Athletes such as Iain Tennent (1993 Canada Games gold and silver medallist), Adrian Costello (1993 National Youth team member), Suzanne Drodge (1995 Junior National Champion), Steven Thornhill (2001 Junior National Bronze medalist), Owen Daly (2011 Age Group National Gold Medalist), and Catherine Shortall (2011 Age Group National Gold Medalist) have helped to keep the Legends name on the swimming map of Canada.