Prior to incorporation in 1974, the Brantford Aquatic Club (BAC) was known as the Brantford “Y’ Aquatic Club, operating from the late 1940’s at the YM-YWCA on Queen Street in Brantford . Many fine Brantford swimmers developed in that 20 yard pool.
Dating back to 1954 and 1958, most notable was Sarah Barber who represented Brantford and Canada in the Commonwealth Games, as well as attending Pan American Games(1955, 1958, 1959) and the Olympic Games (1956, 1960). More recently, Julie Howard participated in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. Brantford Aquatic Club has seen some of our age groupers go on to represent Canada at the Olympic Games such as Scott Dickens (2004 Athens) and Tanya Hunks (2008 Beijing).
In the early 1970’s the club expanded drastically in membership, and in 1974 the need to grow both in size and in program brought about two major changes, the move to the Wayne Gretzky Sports Complex and the acquisition of professional coaching services.
The excellent facilities at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Complex attracted an ever increasing membership, which then in turn lead to the expansion of program offerings, which now include not only competitive swimming, but also Learn-to-Swim, Novice Swimming and a Masters programs.
The Brantford Aquatic Club athletes compete at Regional, Provincial, National and International Level Swim Meets. Moreover, provincial, national and international caliber swimming has come to Brantford through the major meets which the clubs hosts each year.
With the completion of an additional 25 meter pool at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Complex in 2012, the Brantford Aquatic Club looks forward to continuing to grow and to offer the swimming community in Brantford and surrounding areas world class programs and facility.