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What is GPS Swimming?

Posted on August 25, 2014 by


The Great Public Schools’ Association of Queensland Inc. (commonly referred to as the GPS) was established to promote and conduct various forms of activities between member schools with a view to fostering a spirit of fellowship, sound educational practice and mutual support and assistance among schools.

The GPS Schools which are members of the Association include:

    • Anglican Church Grammar School;
    • Brisbane Boys’ College;
    • Brisbane Grammar School;
    • Brisbane State High School;
    • St Joseph’s College – Gregory Terrace;
    • Ipswich Grammar School;
    • St Joseph’s Nudgee College;
    • The Southport School;
    • Toowoomba Grammar School;

Fifteen GPS inter-school sports and activities are included in the annual program :
Basketball, Chess, Cricket, Cross Country, Debating, Football, Gymnastics, Music, Rowing, Rugby Union, Sailing, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball.

Brisbane Grammar School students wishing to participate as part of the GPS swimming program are asked to complete a number of training sessions throughout Term 4 and 1 of each year.

The final BGS Team is selected from swimmers performances achieved at a various Qualification Events conducted throughout the year.

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GPS has finished – Can I still swim?

Posted on August 25, 2014 by

At the conclusion of the GPS season, BGS students may wish to continue their training within the swimming program.

The Brisbane Grammar Swimming Club operates all year round, offering aquatic development services to boys and girls of all ages. Brisbane Grammar Students can join the swimming club at any time. An annual membership fee is applicable, however coaching fees will be waived. A membership form also needs to be completed.

Coaches will need to place BGS students into an appropriate squad, that is most suited to the athletes current technical proficiency. Each squad has its own training times listed here. If you don’t know which squad you should be in, please send an email to the address below.

If you would like more information about the BGS Swimming Club, please send an inquiry to


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What equipment do GPS Swimmers need to bring to training

Posted on August 25, 2014 by

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All Swimmers are required to bring their own gear to each training session.

Most items can be purchased via the BGS Swim Shop

GPS Swimming Caps can be purchased at the BGS Uniform Shop

Please see the required equipment below

  • Goggles and Togs
  • Kit Bag
  • Towel
  • Paddles
  • Pull Buoy
  • Kick Board
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What are the Expectations of swimmers trying out for the GPS Swimming Team

Posted on August 25, 2014 by



The following is expected of all GPS swimmers;

  • Maintain the level of training attendance as directed by the Swimming Coaching Staff
  • Attendance at compulsory team/relay sessions
  • Attendance at compulsory Friday Night Meets
  • PE Uniform and BGS Swimming Cap at all events when representing the School
  • Bring your own equipment to training
  • Attendance at School Swimming Championships
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What are Friday Night Lead-up Meets

Posted on August 25, 2014 by

During Term 1 a number of Time Trial meets (called Lead Up Meets) are conducted at various venues in Brisbane. All GPS Swimmers are required to attend these meets in order to post electronic times that will be used for selection of the final team. A schedule of these meets is available here.

Friday Afternoon Swim Meet Arrangements

Years 5-6 – Boys will meet outside the front of the school immediately after school has finished. A bus will transport students to the venue for that afternoon (See Schedule Here). All student must travel on the bus to the competition. The bus will return to BGS after the conclusion of the meet (approx. 7.00pm). Parents are welcome to attend and can take their boys home from the meet. Students are required to wear PE uniform, BGS Togs and BGS Cap.

Years 7-12 – Boys will warm-up at the BGS pool immediately after school. A light dinner will be provided in the Boarder’s Dining Room before the bus takes the boys to the venue. All student must travel on the bus to the competition. The bus will return to BGS at the conclusion of the meet (approx. 9.00pm). Parents are welcome to attend and can take their boys home from the meet. Students are required to wear PE uniform, BGS Togs and BGS Cap.

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How do we select the GPS Swimming Team

Posted on August 25, 2014 by

Selection for the GPS Swimming Team

Selection in the BGS Swimming Team for the GPS Championships is decided by a panel of the swimming coaches and is based on a number of factors.

– Times recorded at Friday night lead-up meets and recent QSA/BSA carnival results.

– Attendance at training, camps and lead-up meets

– Attitude at training and lead-up meets

Students who meet these requirements will be selected as a member of the GPS team, either as an Individual swimmer, relay member or reserve. We encourage a sense of team spirit within the swimming program and push the boys to strive for personal improvement throughout the season.

All matters relating to the selection of teams need to be directed to Mr Matt Logan.

Matt Logan (Master in Charge – Swimming)

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GPS Swimming Season and Swimming Club Season – explained

Posted on August 24, 2014 by

What is the difference between GPS Swimming Season and the Club Swimming Season?

I have created this post, as it is a common question.

Swimming Seasons
The swimming year can be broken up into 2 seasons;
GPS Swimming Season – Last week of January to end of first week in March – 6 weeks
Club Swimming Season – Second week of March to end of second week of January – 45 weeks

Squad Allocations and Training Times
During the GPS Season, any BGS students wishing to swim (regardless of their ability or purpose for swimming), need to attend the TWO weekly designated GPS sessions, swimming with members of their cohort.
Year 5-7 swimmers, this is TUESDAY and THURSDAY afternoons
Year 7-12 swimmers, this is MONDAY and WEDNESDAY afternoons

Full List of GPS Training Times here

The purpose of these sessions is to perpetuate the BGS spirit, by allowing all BGS boys to come together and train as a team.
Sessions are sprint oriented and relay change-overs form a main training focus.

BGS students who are unable to attend any of the TWO weekly designated GPS sessions, will need to discuss options with Mr Matthew Logan or Mr David Lush

Swimmers wishing to participate in additional sessions can do so, however they will be allocated to a specific club squad based on their swimming ability.

During the Club Season, swimmers are placed into a squad based on their swimming ability – an assessment is usually required.
Our Club program follows an aquatic athletic development pathway, whereby swimmers progress through the squad hierarchy as they achieve skill/time prerequisites set for each squad.

Full List of Swim Club Training Times here

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