“I didn’t know about that”
Tis a comment often heard at Club sessions or activities. We thought it a good idea to again explain how our communications work at the different levels in masters swimming.
Our communications to Clubs is through the Club Contacts (usually the Club Secretary) for administration and promotional activities which are mainly forwarded via my weekly eAlert for Club Committees. Sometimes items of interest for members are also passed on to members this way but we leave it up to Clubs as to what items to pass on to members. Some Clubs just forward the whole eAlert, which is probably not necessary!
So for members the first port of call for any information is your Club (Secretary) and/or Club, State and National websites and of course the quarterly E-News. Additionally we value feedback from members on any item to keep improving our wonderful sport. For your information our ongoing major focus apart from governance, leadership, promotional and administration tasks is around helping Clubs to grow and developing new Clubs. Retaining members is a key focus at present.
For your information we are planning on conducting a Social Media workshop later in the year and have asked Clubs to advise if they have any interest in attending, say 1 person per Club. Having learnt more recently at a National workshop how social media can help spread the word about Masters Swimming and its Clubs, especially to the younger brigade, we think it is opportune to offer a complimentary session to Clubs if there is enough interest.
Helping small and new Clubs
Another focus we want to prioritise is helping small and new Clubs, whether it be with media promotions or information sessions, we are working on it. If your Club is in this category and we haven’t yet made contact to develop some strategies please suggest your Club President to give us a yell via firstname.lastname@example.org .
We would love to be able to provide more benefits to country members and are often trying to come up with new ideas. This year MSWA coordinated the Country Correspondence Carnival, a misnomer now as it was conducted by electronic means! But we want to do more for country members and for free ie. send coaching or technical experts to conduct sessions for members, provide mentoring to Coaches etc. Heads up to you as Club members is that this week we will be asking country Clubs to provide some date options in the next few months as one of our leading Coach educators has offered to travel and conduct complimentary sessions.
Website colours – feedback?
Recently we changed the background colour on the website from the blue (National site colour) to the yellow in our MSWA logo. Some people have said it is better now to instantly know that you are on the WA site, but we haven’t really had any feedback on this or if there is anything else that members would like to see on the site. Let us know your thoughts via email or on facebook. We are working on getting the history of our people up there soon, including lists of all award winners.
Special Projects Funding to Clubs
Many Clubs have taken avail of this opportunity over the past few years to purchase equipment and other Club gear. If your Club has not applied and received funds for suitable projects please encourage your Club Committee to look into this offer. Applications for our current Round 4 close on 30th June however the pot is limited!
2012 State Championships in Bunbury
It was a small but most enjoyable event in Bunbury in March however many members would not know or remember the philosophy around travelling to the country for State Championships which naturally impacts on participation numbers and costs. About 10 years ago members agreed to conduct this annual event at a country venue or in a short course venue once every 5 years. In 2004 we travelled to Geraldton and many members enjoyed the event even with the heat! In 2008 following the successful FINA World Championships we conducted a short course meet at Challenge Stadium.
Black Swans Club
Queries have been received again on the aim of this virtual Club. It was established in 2008 for WA members wishing to band together to swim at World swim meets and mainly so relay teams could participate. However it is possible for current WA members travelling to interstate meets to band together to swim as a Black Swans Club team ie. Pan Pacs or even Nationals where only 1 or 2 members are going from your Club. Food for thought.
In 2011 we opened this Club up from just country membership to metro swimmers who might never join a traditional Club, as there are many people out there doing laps on their own who fit this description. However the metro Sandgropers membership fee is much higher so as to encourage any potential members to join your Club first. If you know of swimmers who might like to participate in Masters activities but do not want to join a traditional Club give them the Sandgropers Club information or point them to the website.
2012/13 Open Water Swims calendar
The aim is to have the new season’s calendar ready for distribution to Clubs in August and then out to the general OWS public in the first week of September.
2013 State Championships
Two weekends in May 2013 have been booked at Challenge Stadium and one of those will be confirmed soon.
Masters National Coaching Courses
We have conducted 2 rounds of the Intro and Club Coach Courses and will conduct another round soon if there is enough interest. Please advise me via email if keen to participate, even if just in the Intro Coach Course to improve your own swimming.
Membership Growth Projects
Our Project Coordinator Nadine Georgiades is working on several projects including new club development. The latest new Clubs to affiliate and come on board include Southside Masters (Wesley College) and Bayview Saints Masters (St Hilda’s Girls School).
2012 National Championships
Congratulations to WA members who achieved personal bests, medals and records and had a wonderful time at the Nationals held in Adelaide in April. 2013 event is being held in Sydney, so start thinking about a holiday and a swim or 2 in April next year.
2012 Masters State OWS
A great event was held on Saturday 24th March at Coogee Beach, with thanks once again to Somerset Masters Club for coordinating and conducting the event on behalf of MSWA. We achieved another increase in numbers further proving the benefit of using the Team Manager entry system and the great encouragement of Club Captains rallying the members to participate.
2013 Masters State OWS
The date is nearly set – looking at the same date but Sunday for the 2013 event. Date will be confirmed in the new season’s OWS calendar coming out in August.