September 2012 Edition 


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  Vorgee Volunteer Awards

Congratulations to the following club volunteers who were nominated by their Club to receive Vorgee goggle prize packs for being champion volunteers! Click below to see some photos of the winners!

Marj Muller, Carol Stevens, Shelley Mik, Caroline Makin, Gary Fletcher, Greg Lewin,  Nerida Murray, Stuart Ellicott, Opal Eddy, Paul Slater, Kerry Worsley,Joan Simpson, Joan Green, Jeanette Cox, Sarah Hunt, Barbara Lawes, Damien Eyre, Sue Oldham, Merilyn Burbridge, Lesley Hart, Liz Wallis, Gordon Whyte, Kris Apps, Peter Johnston, John Notley, Anita Saviane, Michelle Stonehouse, Sarah Cullenane, Linda Gunzburg.

  Swimming part of the tonic for Queenslander

Masters Swimmers are fairly fit and healthy; and usually sport a nice tan all year round if you are lucky enough to live in the warmer climes of Queensland. You feel like you are bullet proof.

For Townsville swimmer, Kevin Jackson, this is his story in discovering he had prostate cancer and how swimming and early detection has played a major role in helping him get through the treatments and make a full recovery. 


  2013 National Championships in SYDNEY, NSW

It is decision time! Spring has sprung and an incentive is needed to achieve a target that you have never achieved before! Book your accommodation (or lean on a billet with a Sydney acquaintence) to attend the 2013 National Championships at SOPAC from April 17-20. It will be a well run and fun event that will be even better fun if you organise a group from your Club to attend.

CLICK HERE for more information

CLICK HERE for the information flyer

  Insurance Information

Masters Swimming Australia provides a national insurance program that covers all affiliated Branches and their Clubs through a Public Liability, Directors and Officers Liability and Professional Indemnity policy; and their members with a Personal Accident insurance policy. Summaries of these policies are on the MSA website if and when you need them, but if you want a quick snapshot  CLICK HERE

If you would like to know more about the Personal Accident Insurance CLICK HERE

  FINA Aquatics Magazine Now Avaliable On-line!

The FINA Aquatics magazine can now be found on-line. Filled with a range of interesting and inspiring articles from all over the world, this month's edition features a story on the 2012 FINA Master's World Championships in Riccione on page 110.

To read this story and many more CLICK HERE

  Number 1 in Endurance 1000 - Congrats Geoffrey Llewellyn

Molonglo Masters swimmer, Geoffrey Llewellyn, 79, has become the first recorded swimmer to complete the new Endurance 1000 program. Geoff recorded the last of his times for all 62 swims ranging from 400m to three x 1 hour continuous swims in June. Geoff is a real “Endurance man” as demonstrated by his story.

To read the full story 

  The Amazing Race in Riccione

Ron Gray and Warren Cassidy were selected by FINA to attend and officiate at the 2012 FINA World Masters Championships in Riccione in June. Both of the Perth based men were sponsored by the Riccione Organising Committee to officiate, with the added bonus of their expenses for travel and accommodation covered by the Organisers.

CLICK HERE to read Ron Gray's diary entries of the big trip.

  New Masters Clubs

We welcome three new clubs who have joined masters swimming in recent months:

BayView Saints Masters (WA) - CLICK HERE to read the club profile.

Camden Amateur Swimming Club (NSW)

Singleton Masters Swimming Club (NSW)

  Volunteer Management Programs

A valuable resource has recently been released to provide guidance and some common sense ideas to manage volunteers. For more information on the program CLICK HERE

  Revised Second Claim instructions

IMGSTG have provided us with a very good link for those who need help addressing some of the everyday troubleshooting tasks. They provide a help desk to answer any club queries. CLICK HERE and save this link to your favourites.

An updated second claim helpsheet has been loaded onto every club console for a more concise summary of the importance of managing second claim members. It is extremely important to advise the National Office when a second claim member has joined, so that their membership number can be maintained. This will avoid problems with swimming results in the future.

Feel free to let us know if you require any training in any particular areas of the console, we would rather help you in the early stages of your learning the system to avoid any problems in the future.

   2012 Pan Pacific Masters Games

The 8th Pan Pacific Masters Games is a nine day celebration of sport. The event will be held on the Gold Coast from the 3rd to 11th of November this year. There are  41 sports on offer. 

CLICK HERE for more information on the swimming events.

CLICK HERE for more information on the open water swimming events.

2012 Pan Pacific Master Games Website address:

  Group Training Sessions - by Mark Erickson

Mark Erickson, the MSQ Coaching Director, has been coaching for a long time and those of you who know him, can vouch for his love of swimming and coaching swimmers. He has penned some gems that will help you to get the most out of group training sessions – no matter who is coaching you!

CLICK HERE to read the full article

  Stroke Variations - by Patrick Devine

In 2008, following the Beijing Olympics, using You Tube footage, I studied the stroke variations of  the champion swimmers across the sprinters to distance swimmers and discovered some interesting points.

The earlier article featured Phelps, Eamon Sullivan, Grant Hackett, and Libby Trickett etc. Now the roll call is evolving. James Magnussen, Alicia Coutts, Cate Campbell, Corey Jones, Nathan Adrian, Yannick Agnel, Alison Schmitt and Sun Yang are swimmers of today who feature in underwater footage of major races. Analysing some of their strokes is beneficial to our swimming and there is significant variation of stroke for the different distances.

CLICK HERE to read the full article.

  Swim Train Studies Review - by Peter Reaburn

Oh how I love the Olympics! The highs and lows of winning and losing, the emotional heartache of defeat and the ecstasy of winning a medal. We masters swimmers can only look in awe at the extraordinary performances in the pool, all under the intense pressure that only the Olympics seems to bring. We also appreciate how hard and long these swimmers have worked to achieve their dreams. Swimmers do large volumes of training in the pool and on dry land. Strength training of various forms is also widely used, and the swimmer’s energy systems are addressed by aerobic and anaerobic swim training. But what training methods have been shown to work according to the science? The aim of a recent review was to summarise results from controlled exercise training trials within competitive swimming. 

CLICK HERE to read more.

  News from the Branches

Tony Goodwin from Manly Masters shares his experience from Riccione World Championships in June. CLICK HERE to read his story.



The Blue Mannas from WA set out to cross the English Channel in the early hours of the 5th of July 2012. CLICK HERE to read about their experiences. 



Hazel Gillbee, Nancy Ayres, Trudy Bullivant and Clarice Artis from North Lodge Masters (the oldest Club in Victoria) attemped a new 360+ age group world record in the 4x 50m at the Frankston interclub at Jubilee Park pool. 

CLICK HERE to read about the event of the Meet.


The Queensland Branch, Rockhampton City Council and the Caribeae Rocky Crocs Masters Swimming Club are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 2014 National Championships at the Southside Memorial Pool from April 23-26 and an OWS on Sunday 27 April 2014. There are abundant accommodation options in Rocky and the Capricorn Coast is just 30 minutes away!


  Fluids in Sport fact sheet - produced by Sports Dietitians Australia


Water is essential for the human body. It is required to maintain blood volume, regulate body temperature and allow muscle contractions to take place. During exercise, the body maintains its optimal body temperature through sweating. Heat is removed from the body when beads of sweat on the skin evaporate, which results in a loss of body fluid. Sweat production (and therefore fluid loss) increases with a rise in ambient temperature and humidity, as well as with an increase in exercise intensity. So while sweat loss during exercise is essential for body temperature regulation, it can lead to dehydration. READ MORE


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