Blue Lake YMCA commenced in 1980 with 15 members and membership grew
to 50 to 60 swimmers by the mid 90s. The club changed it's name to Blue
lake Y when the Mount Gambier YMCA closed its doors.The club held the Y
in its name to remind its members of its heritage and the charter that
it upheld incorporating the philosophy regarding young people.
The Blue Lake Y club was named "Club of the Year" for South Australia in 1983, 1986 and 1988.
At the Country Championships Blue Lake Y swimmers won the prestigious
Advertiser Shield for 9 consecutive years from 1985 to 1993 and held 64
state Country records including individual and team events.
The club continued its success with swimmers achieving podium
finishes at SA State Championships as well as 10 swimmers competing at
the Australian National Championships - Janelle Snigg, Allan Bilney,
Brett Klieve, Damien Burns, Karen McNamara, Sharon Klieve, Tracey
Stevens, Henry Crauford and Thomas Bignell. Since the club's inception
many Blue Lake Y swimmers have been selected in the SA State SAPSASA
swim team and competed at The Pacific School Games and the SAPSASA
interchange competition held throughout Australia.
The club has supported young people with disabilities and saw Sheena
Wood compete at the National Wheelchair Games and Kristen Tredrea swim
at Interdistrict meets.
Blue lake Y Swim Club has successfully hosted the Country
Championships in Mount Gambier on many occassions, including 2009 which
was the 50th anniversary of Countries Championship swimming, and most
recent being 2015.
Brett Klieve has been the club's longest serving swimmer and swam in
an amazing 21 consecutive Country Championships from 1982-2003.