In the 1980s key campus buildings completed in this period include the Swimming Pool and the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) building. The swimming pool represented the start of UNSW’s strong sporting presence across a range of activities. Though building was completed on 3 December 1979, the pool wasn’t officially opened until 1 March 1980, by Olympian and UNSW alumnus Michael Wenden, who led the opening ceremony. At the time, the facility was only one of four indoor heated 50m pools in Australia.
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Stephen William Badger is a former competitive swimmer who represented Australia in the 1973 World Swimming Championships and the 1974 Commonwealth Games, and Canada in the 1976 Summer Olympics.
He achieved FINA World Top 20 Rankings from 1973 to 1977 and again in the years 1979–80. He missed selection in the 1978 Canadian Commonwealth Games team due to a bout of glandular fever.
After representing Australia in the 1973 World Championships and the 1974 Commonwealth Games, he moved to Canada in late 1974. He sought selection in the Canadian Olympic Team for the 1976 Games in Montreal.
In 1977 Badger broke the short course world record for the 400-metre freestyle. After suffering glandular fever in 1978, he returned to international competition, touring Europe in early 1980 with the Canadian national swimming team. He retired the day after the Canadian Olympic Federation announced their boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
He returned to Sydney, Australia in 1981 and began his career in swimming coaching.He spent most of his coaching time in the North Sydney Olympic Pool. He has placed 3 swimmers on the Australian Dolphins Team and 1 on the Para Dolphins Team and was awarded with the Swimming Australia’s Para Coach of the Year 2018.
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UNSW Swimming Club President
George has been heavily involved with Swimming since 2003 and has volunteered his time as a Sponsor and Technical Official with several clubs and has extensive experience, understanding and knowledge on roles in their Executives Committees and how clubs run . George is currently on the Board of Metsea ( affiliated to SNSW ) as Public Relations Officer and Member Protection Information Officer and has been in that role since 2011. He is fully accredited as a Technical Official and Assessor in all modules and is in process of becoming a SNSW Referee. George holds Performance Coaching Accreditation and is also a Aust Swim Instructor and Assessor and volunteers his time to Surf Life Saving and Water Polo.