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.