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Swimming and Diving at Knox

Swimming and Diving were made possible by a generous donation of £100 by R N Briley, a Schoolmaster from 1925 to 1927, for the construction of a pool and gymnasium.

The Parents' Association took up the idea and by the end of June 1928, the School had been promised £1,500. Howie Moffatt & Co. estimated that it would cost £2,500. The pool and gymnasium officially opened on 9 November 1929. Director of Education Mr S H Smith opened the new facility which was located on the current site of the Reid Industrial Arts Centre.

Students began swimming as part of their sporting activities and House Competitions. Within four years, Knox swimmers would be ready to win their first CAS Championship in 1933. As the School enrolments grew, the swimming baths became too small for School swimming carnivals and was used infrequently by Boarders and staff.

Remarkably Knox Swimmers and Divers went on a 13-year winning streak from 1975 to 1987.

In recent years, the School has won the Thyne Shield consecutively from 2017 to 2023. The youngest diver representing the School was Lara Manuel of WPS; she is also the only girl to have represented Knox. Knox currently holds 36 CAS Swimming and Diving records with the oldest records dating back to 2015 held by Vincent Dai and Justin Lee.

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