Manel Domènech, swimmer and historian of swimming
“This was the era of social clubs, everyone belonged to clubs, because of course people had few home comforts, so social clubs were very important. You joined the club because a relative or a schoolfriend would say: ‘Why don’t you come along? We’re all going.’ But once you joined the club everything changed it instantly became your second home; there you had everything, menfriends, womenfriends, everything!”
“When we started coming to the club people were really idealistic, they fought hard to get people to do sport. They'd go out and find youngsters and bring them along; it was like a school, sport was like a school for life."