Western Swans camogie club is the first ever camogie club established in Perth, Western Australia. Founded in 2009 Western Swans have been a key club in the development of hurling and camogie in Perth. This club is a thriving and successful club focused on providing social and sporting opportunities for players of all ages and backgrounds. At present we have one hurling team and one camogie team.
The club was named Western Swans after the swan river in Perth. The colours black and amber were chosen by some of the founding members from Co.Kilkenny.
2010 was a historic year with the development of Camogie in Perth and Barney McKenna appointed president of the club.
The clubs first major competition was the Padraig Peares Melbourne 7's in which Catalpa were the main sponsors and supported the club for the next 4 years. Unfortunately no sliverware was won, but competing inter state is no easy operation for a vovluntary run club and for a newly established club. With thanks to Catalpa for their sponsorship the trips to melbourne would not have happened.
The club have also been forunate to represent Western Australia in Brisbane in the Austrliasia state championship 2011. Again in 2012 Western Australia won the Australasian state championship with numerous western swans ladies doing the club proud. The success of the Western Australia State camogie team in the 2012 with many Western Swans ladies gaining there place on the state team, proudly wearing the state jersey and gear with Catalpa as the main sponsor once again.
The development of a second camogie team in 2010 steming from the Western Swans team was a huge stepping stone in the growth and development of camogie in WA. Throughout the next few years Western Swans rapidly went from strength to strength. In 2014 winning the league was a huge achievement for the club. On Perth soil, the club have competed in League and championship matches for the past 4 years. To help the development of Camogie in the state, Swans have represented the club by playing expo matches and hosted Camogie blitz for the junior players and children.
This year Imokilly hurling club and Michael Cusacks hurling club have amalgamated with Swans establishing the first ever Western Swans hurling team. 2015 is a historic year with the addition of the Hurling team the future of Western Swans GAA club looks bright.
This success comes from a great deal of hard work put in by coaches, players and managers within the club, all volunteering in capacity. Western Swans does not measure its success by the silverware but by the camaraderie and relationship built within the club.