Autumn Edition - Different Strokes - Masters Swimming Western Australia e-News


Welcome to our Autumn Edition for 2012.  This email has been forwarded to all members with valid email addresses and MSWA stakeholders.  Anyone having difficulty viewing the E-News should try opening the copy on the MSWA website.  This can be found under the heading "Information" and then click on "Newsletters".  Club Contacts needing to print copies for those without internet access - please print a copy of this newsleter from the same site.

Articles/information for the Winter E-News need to be emailed to by 25th May 2012.

  President's Piece


















The MSWA Board was very pleased with the number of members and supporters who travelled to Bunbury to participate in the 2012 State Championships on 4/5th March which was such a great event.  We knew the participant numbers would be much lower than a city-held event due to the timing of the event eg. Rottnest Channel on previous weekend, date in the middle of the OWS season, long weekend holidays or other activities for some families and of course being a country event. 

However about 10 years ago the Board committed to holding the annual State Championships as either a short course meet or at a country Club’s venue every four or five years.  Consequently we went to Geraldton in 2004, conducted a short course event in 2008 and thoroughly enjoyed Bunbury this year.

This years event was an outstanding success due to many people who gave their time and expertise to make sure the participants had a great weekend.

Firstly thanks to Board members including Peter Maloney as Meet Director and Sandra Mutch who with help from the Executive Officer and myself coordinated and conducted the meet.  Sandra was instrumental in receiving entries, putting together the program, coordinating the timing system and managing the recording and results of the meet, and also managed to participate in some events!

Many thanks to Meet Referee Ron Gray and his band of officials for their expertise over the weekend, it was much appreciated. Many officials managed to participate in a few events in between their rostered tasks however Pat Lockley from Osborne Park went above and beyond as the event Marshal for both days.

It was extra special to have Founding and State Life Member Glenys McDonald assist as Announcer, and she was ably supported by Board & State Life Member Lynne Malone.

There were many other volunteers involved behind the scene including Bunbury members who helped where they could and we thank them for their support.  The volunteer timekeepers were magnificent and we were very pleased with the Dolphin Timing System hired at a discount rate from Swimming WA.

Thanks also to Bunbury Swimming Club for agreeing to loan their clubrooms for the presentation function although in the end we did not use it due to the police investigation and the doubt of being able to enter from the carpark.

MSWA is indebted to the Manager, Richard Duke,  and his staff at the South West Sports Centre, who could not do enough to assist us.

I wish to congratulate and thank all the Clubs and members who supported the event, some in very good numbers ie. Geraldton and Superfins, and everyone involved over the two days.

I would also like to thank our open water swimming members who came out in force to Coogee beach for our State OWS swim on Saturday 24th March. With a growth in entries again this year up to 244 this is an event that is enjoyed by many of our members. A special thanks to Somerset Masters Club for the work they do in bringing this event together on behalf of MSWA and to Coogee Surf Life Saving Club for the support they provide.

As always there is the “team” of hard working board members and officials making it all happen with the minimum of fuss, thanks to those special people.

The last item of interest I would like to share with you all is the fact that our hard working Executive Officer, Wendy Holtom, has now been with us for ten years and has done a fantastic job in promoting our organisation to what it is today. Our Project Coordinator, Nadine Georgiades, also has just completed her first year with MSWA in what I hope will be the first of many to come. Thank you both for the great work that you do.

Ivan Martinovich


  From The Front Desk



2012 AGM

Congratulations to the following members on their re-election to the State Board:

  • Sandra Mutch – Director of Recording
  • Peter Maloney – Director of Swimming
  • Lynne Malone – National Delegate

We still do not have a Director of Marketing so if any members wish to discuss this role and have some fun as part of a great team please get in touch with me.

2011 BE ACTIVE Novice Ocean Swim

Thanks once again to Fremantle Masters for running this event in conjunction with their own open water swim in December.

New Clubs

Congratulations to Central Aquatic, Barracudas and Wanneroo Clubs on affiliating with MSWA in recent months.  We look forward to seeing their members involved in Masters activities and swim meets soon.

Coach Accreditation Updates

The annual workshops for qualified Coaches to update their accreditations will be planned and conducted soon.  Coaches should keep an eye out on the website for dates and details.  We have requested topics for these workshops and these can be forwarded direct to Director of Coaching ‘Tricia Summerfield via now.

New Website

The new website is up and running thanks to Nadine.  There have been some teething problems and some suggestions from members which we are looking into however we are pleased with the result.  Our website address is still the same however if you have the old site saved under your favourites please delete it and reset the address again.

Annual Awards Function

The annual presentations for Coach and Official of the Year, Service Award, Administration Award and 2011/12 OWS Series will be held prior to the 15th May Council of Clubs meeting at the Claremont Masters Clubrooms at Challenge Stadium at 6.30pm.  Light refreshments will be available and winners will be invited to attend in due course.

Wendy Holtom

Executive Officer

  AGM and Council of Clubs Meeting 21st February 2012

Our AGM and Council of Clubs meeting was held this year in the clubrooms of Claremont Masters at Challenge Stadium.  We took this opportunity to present several awards to the followinng clubs and members:

2011 Be Active Club Challenge David Cummins Award - Average Points- Runner Up - Leeming

2011 Be Active Club Challenge Frank Mongan Award - Average Points - Winner - Superfins

2011 Be Active Club Challenge Fred Johnson Award - Improvement Factor - Runner Up - Perth City

2011 Be Active Club Challenge Kay Cox Award - Improvement Factor - Winner - Swan Hills

Excellence Award For 10 Years Service

Maxine Fitzpatrick, Gordon Medcalf, Peter Maloney, Sue Pow, Ron Gray, Robert Birch, Lynne Duncan, Glen Boorn, Hilary Arber, Brian Harper, Perc Edwards.

Merit Award For 5 Years Service

Toni Morris, Richard Johnson, Fred van Andel, Penny Green, Rhonda Maloney, Heather Adams, Lillian Hadley, 'Tricia Summerfield, Jane Laws, Robyn Wilson, Ivan Martinovich, Ivan Wingate, Warren Cassidy, John Hancock.

Be Active Spring into Swimming Project

Vorgee swim packs were presented to the clubs who had the largest growth in membership over 2011.

Medium/ Large Clubs - Perth City and Mandurah tied with 9.8% increase.

Small Club - Bunbury with a 33% increase.

Bunbury club have done an oustanding job to win this award. The extra efforts they have put in with their regional coaching clinic, their Have a Go Swim Meet, having an accredited coach on board and also offering day time swim sessions has really paid off. 

Congratulations to all of the clubs and members above.

  Technical News

Technical Offficiating Course

Technical Education Coordinator Ken Phillips is conducting the next course at Sports House Mt Claremont (9.00am – 12.30pm) on Saturday 28th April for the following positions:

  • Starter
  • Inspector of Turns
  • Judge of Strokes

Information and registration form attached.


Congratulations to Ron Gray and Warren Cassidy for being appointed Technical Officials at the 2012 FINA World Masters Championships being held in Riccione from 10-17th June.


  2012 State Championships

This great event was held at South West Sports Centre in Bunbury with 140 swimmers plus officials and supporters.  Everyone had a great time not only in the pool but out of it at the social activities.  Thanks to Peter Maloney and Sandra Mutch for running a great meet and to our supporters behind the scenes.  It was a bit different having the venue declared a crime scene 24 hours prior to event start however with the great staff and our team of volunteers everything went smoothly.

Congratulations to the Swimmers of the Meet who will be presented with their awards on the 15th May at the Annual Awards Function:

Male - Rod Baker, Mandurah

Female - Helen Bird, Osborne Park

Also having success were our Have a Go News Encouragement Award winners: Emma Smith - Geraldton, Leisa Norrish - Bunbury, Denise Vercoe - Carine and Pam McHugh - Melville.

Pictured with President, Ivan Martinovich and their awards are Emma(L) and Denise(R).

Osborne Park took out the top club with Geraldton taking out top Country Club and Claremont won the Handicap trophy.

Pictured is a very happy Osborne Park team!!


  2012 National Masters Championships

The South Australian Branch Organising Committee is in the final stages of preparing for the 2012 Masters Swimming National Championships. The event is on from 14 to 17th April at the new Marion State Aquatic Centre. We wish them luck in their final preparations and delivery of the event.

They have advised that the DRAFT Program for the event is on their website  All Clubs should check their entries as soon as possible. Also on the website are the anticipated timings.

Tickets for the Presentation Function on 17th April at the Glenelg SLSC are selling fast and all tickets must be purchased by April 5th. No tickets will be available during the event.

Officials are always in high demand; but due to quite a few of the Officials being swimmers as well, there is a need for any volunteer officials who may be able to assist, to let Phil Beames know as soon as possible.

The “Members Forum” will be held in conjunction with the “Happy Hour” after the day’s swimming on Monday 16th March at the pool. This is traditionally the opportunity for members to meet and hear from the members of the National Board of Management. It is also an opportunity to put questions to the Board.

Event merchandise will be available during the event.

There are 417 swimmers entered and we wish them well in their participation in the event.


  2012 State OWS event




Another successful open water event was held at Coogee Beach on Saturday 24th March.  Congrats to the 222 participants (244 entered) which was a great increase from 2011 event (202) all up.  Many thanks to our Somerset Club for once again conducting a great event on behalf of MSWA.  Special thanks to the officials Ron Gray, Peter Maloney, Warren Cassidy and Pamela Walter in her first OWS officiating role.

Director of Recording Sandra Mutch managed to swim as well as coordinate the results with Blue-Chip.  Coogee Beach Surf Club also contributed to the event with their venue, course set up and water safety roles.  MSWA much appreciates all these groups for their outstanding efforts.

Results for the event are:

Fastest Male:   Damian Eyre from Riverton

Fastest Female:  Caroline Gorrick from Claremont

Fastest Team:  Perth City


  Vorgee Sponsorship


Vorgee are the major sponsor for Masters Swimming Australia.

Read the attached to find out what Vorgee can offer Masters Swimming WA Members and their clubs.


  Club News



Topping off a great season of swimming in the pool and open water, Carine Masters’ members will be in party mode in April as its members celebrate the Club’s 35th birthday.  Other successes among our members include:

  • Two Carine members – Carol-Ann Infante and Lynne Malone – were named age group winners at this year’s State Championships.
  • Also at States, Denise Vercoe was awarded a “Have-A-Go” Encouragement Award before going on to win her age-group award at the Coogee Jetty to Jetty swim the following weekend.
  • Jane Laws was awarded an MSWA Merit Award for five years of voluntary service to our organisation.

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In this Issue:

* President's Piece

* From the Front Desk

* AGM and Council of Clubs Meeting February 2012

 * Technical News

 *  2012 State Championships

* 2012 National Masters Championships

* 2012 State OWS Event

* Vorgee Sponsorship
* Club News
* Facebook


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