Swimming pool stories

...Dip into tales from all over Australia

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Making a splash: Australians share their swimming stories
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Magic memories of Northbridge Baths
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The gentlemen of Sydney’s eastern ocean pools
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In my cossie at Milano’s Piscina Cozzi
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On the piscina trail from Lake Como to the Dolomites
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Captain Cook, rainbows and the Woonona ocean pool
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Immersed in the aquatic culture of Paris
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Bathing in the briny at Bronte’s Bogey Hole
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Salt water soothing at McIver’s Ladies Baths
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A multicultural morning at the Granville Pool

Making a splash: Australians share their swimming stories

Last Friday’s talkback on ABC Radio National’s Life Matters invited listeners to call in with their memories of swimming, which was a great choice as we head into the summer holidays. The program featured former Australian Olympian Shane Gould, who as part of a Masters and now a PhD, is doing very interesting research into the[…]

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Magic memories of Northbridge Baths

When I want to remember Northbridge Baths, the pool in Middle Harbour where I spent all my summers as a child, I think of the deep green water connecting to the trees like relatives.

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The gentlemen of Sydney’s eastern ocean pools

During August when I was writing, Into the Deep, a story for the travel section of The Weekend Australian, I spoke to a number of ‘chappies’ as my Dad would call them, who spend their days in and around Sydney’s ocean pools. At Wylie’s Baths I met 80-year-old Reg, who comes to the pool each[…]

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In my cossie at Milano’s Piscina Cozzi

As I was saying, when we left Belluno I thought I’d had the last of my Italian swims. But on our first night back in Milan I discovered the Piscina Cozzi in a Wallpaper Guidebook at our friends’ Jenny and Stephen’s apartment. Photo: www.milanosport.it

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On the piscina trail from Lake Como to the Dolomites

Soon after our plane touched down in Milan in early May I felt like a swim. The weather was warm and I needed to stretch out after the long flight but when I stepped inside the closest piscina (the Italian word for pool) to our friends’ place in Milan I realised I didn’t need a[…]

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Captain Cook, rainbows and the Woonona ocean pool

The seas were wild the day we travelled south to Bulli and Woonona, just north of Wollongong, to see our friends’ Pete and Zac and Marg. After lunch at the Bulli Beach Cafe, we walked along the headland and looked down on the Bulli Ocean Pool. Then we headed south one suburb to check out Marg’s[…]

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Immersed in the aquatic culture of Paris

De la Butte aux Cailles Pool in the 13th arrondissement. Last Saturday I had an article on six pools in Paris in the travel section of The Weekend Australian. The story discusses the French capital’s distinctive aquatic culture which includes compulsory wearing of caps or bonnets de bain even at the Roger Le Gall Pool[…]

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Bathing in the briny at Bronte’s Bogey Hole

When the tide goes out at Bronte Beach the Bogey Hole appears, a naturally forming rock pool that’s been expanded and rearranged over the years.   It’s named after the Aboriginal word to bathe and before white man arrived it was their billabong, their water hole, their immersion place.   It’s where people come to[…]

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Salt water soothing at McIver’s Ladies Baths

On Monday, just before dusk, my friend Margie and I swam at McIver’s Ladies Baths.  The sky was grey and drops of rain started to fall as we walked down the stairs of the Coogee rock pool but we weren’t deterred and a few minutes later we were in. “It’s beautiful,” said Margie after a[…]

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A multicultural morning at the Granville Pool

It was the tiles that drew me to Granville Pool; 1930s hexagonal-shaped with a border in red and chequerboard blue and white. Bruce discovered them when he swam there after work, and a few days later I was heading west along Parramatta Road to Sydney’s fourth oldest Olympic pool after Enfield, North Sydney and Bankstown (RIP). As I[…]

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