Welcome to the BISS Lions Swim Team. We are a competitive swimming team and compete within the Shanghai Swimming League, with squads for all ages from our youngest squad members in Year 1 through to our senior swimmers up to Year 13.
We have a clear squad structure which starts with the Bronze Cubs, progressing to the Silver Cubs and then onto the Gold Cubs. Training for these squads has a large focus on improving technique in all four strokes and learning competitive swimming skills such as, starts and turns. The progression from the Cubs is into the BISS Lions squad; in this squad the focus is again on improving technique in all four strokes but also on improving stamina and swimmers start to focus on a particular stroke or specialist event. The highest level squad is the Senior Lions, to get into this squad swimmers will be competing at the highest level and training focuses on building their strength and stamina in and out of the pool, together with developing their mental toughness to compete to allow them to achieve their potential at competitions.
We work closely with Champion Swimming Club who provides coaches to assist the Head of Aquatics in delivering a high quality training programme to all of our swimmers.
If you are interested in your son or daughter trialling for the team, please contact Joanna Yardy at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a trial.
A Brief History
The British International School Puxi Swimming Team was founded nine years ago when the school did not have a swimming pool of its own. The team of eight keen individuals and their coach would take the bus to a local compound to train for 45 minutes a week. As the team grew it became more successful in competitions with some individuals regularly appearing on the podium at local races. By 2011 the team had grown in number to around sixty swimmers who were now training in their own pool at the new secondary building on Jinguang Road, under the direction of Mr Hitchings as Head Coach. It was at this point that the Shanghai Swimming League was created to recognise the sport as the most popular expatriate student sport in the city. Alongside this major change in the Shanghai swimming infrastructure, BISS Puxi swimming team rebranded to the BISS Lions Swimming Team.
The team is founded on a community spirit lead by captains and their coaches but involving all swimmers and their parents. This ethos is something that is woven into the fabric of the BISS Lions competitive team. The older swimmers act as role models to the younger swimmers; supporting, guiding and coaching throughout the season. This continues both in training and at competitions, creating a legacy of pride throughout the team.