The Gibraltar Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) was founded in 1946 and although it has enjoyed a rich sporting history, it came from very humble beginnings. The majority of its activities were carried out in the surrounding sea except on the odd session in military and hotel pools.
Gibraltar last hosted the Games in 1995 and in order to host a swimming event, the Government of Gibraltar commissioned an indoor, six-lane, 25m pool. Interestingly the pool was built on reclaimed land and the spot chosen for the pool was not too far from the spot where many years before GASA would have been hosting its swimming and water polo activities in the sea. This building has been GASA’s home and headquarters for the last 22 years and a place where hundreds of swimmers of all ages and abilities have come to practice the sport the love.
Today, swimming is a very popular activity on the territory and as a result has enjoyed great levels of success at the Games. GASA is fully committed to the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest International Island Games and is preparing its swimmers for the expected tough competition.
Much to GASA’s delight, the Government of Gibraltar recently announced that a new state-of-the-art sporting facility, including a swimming pool, will be built in order to host the 2019 Games and give the athletes the sporting facilities it deserves. The pool will be an indoor, 52m, 8 lane pool, which will be split into two 25m pools come competition time. This means that swimmers competing at the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest International Island Games, will have the luxury of a full length training/warmup pool as well as the competition pool. The project is well under way and is foreseen to be completed by the end of 2018.
The Gibraltar 2019 NatWest International Island Games Competition shall be held according to the Island Games and Swimming Bye-Laws.