Inverurie Swimming Pool was officially opened on 23 May 1970, and a group of local businesses men decided to form and start a Swimming Club. On 20 April 1970 a meeting was conveyed where it was unanimously agreed to form the Garioch Amateur Swimming Club. The Club’s first President was Mr Pat Mitchell of Mitchell’s Dairy.
Fees were agreed at the first AGM, ten shillings for children aged 12 and under, £1 for children aged between 13 and 18, and £2 for seniors. The club held its very first session on Friday 18 September 1970.
On Friday 25 June 1971 the first gala was held with cups donated by the Town Council, Mr Pat Mitchell, Dr G Gill and Mr J Petrie.
The club decided to take Gordon colours for their badge and costumes - blue and yellow. Although fashions have changed with the times, the colours for the club still remain the same.
On the swimming front, the club blossomed, swimmers improved, parents took teaching courses. In 1973, the club secured the services of Andy Robb - a coach who had produced several Scottish record holders, a Commonwealth Gold medalist and an Olympic finalist. This was quite a far-sighted appointment for our club but Garioch has always been in the vanguard of North East swimming.
Another appointment made in the second half of our existence but which had far reaching effects on the stature of the club was that of Mr Harry Burnett as coach. During the time that Mr Burnett was coach there was always a waiting list and membership rose to some 200 members. We now took part in Winter League competitions against other clubs in North East Scotland and started to travel to National Competitions.
In 1990 Patrick Miley took over as Head Coach, and progressed the Club to International and World Class Level, and is now High Performance Swim Coach with the University of Aberdeen.
Eavan Adams is the current Head Coach and we have around 130 swimmers of varying ages and is supported by family members and the local community. Garioch Amateur Swimming Club continues to compete at a Local, National and Olympic Level, with Hannah Miley being our most famous member of the club.