All Clubs should have loaded their Club 16 month and 4 month membership subscriptions by now for new online registrations between 1st September and 30th November. If you know of any potential new members wanting to join please make sure your Club has the discount membership completed online for them to register now.
All current members are reminded that 12 month registrations for 2013 can commence from 1st December as long as Clubs have completed the necessary steps online on 30th November (and not before). Having members in control of their own registrations and data is the aim, as the administration load and expenses for Clubs and volunteers is then reduced substantially!
HBF 2012/13 Open Water Swims Calendar
All members should have received a calendar by now as they have been with Clubs for distribution since late August. Do chase one up when next you swim at a Club session if not yet received. Metro aquatic centres have received their allocation for the general open water swimming community and bundles will be sent to other organisations and country pools this month. We encourage members to support the OWS events conducted by MSWA Clubs where possible and additionally to be a part of the HBF Masters Open Water Series. Participation is the name of the game!
Ocean swimming issues
Related to open water events, those conducted in the ocean will be well supervised and supported by Surf Life Saving Clubs, so it is actually the safest time to swim in the ocean! Guidelines are being updated by the State Government and Surf Life Saving WA as we speak for Event Coordinators/Race Directors to ensure communications and procedures are clear and consistent across all events.
Unfortunately the proposed Social Media workshop to be held in November is not going ahead due to lack of interest. The objective of bringing Loren Bartley who was the former National CEO over from Melbourne to present the 2-day workshop was too expensive for so few numbers even with MSWA subsidies. The Clubs which registered will be refunded this month. However I will investigate holding a session with a local presenter in the future although it won’t have the “Masters specific/focus” content that we had planned with Loren. We feel that social media can help spread the word about Masters Swimming and its Clubs, especially to the younger brigade, so stay tuned.
History of our People
Our wonderful part-time Project Coordinator Nadine has been developing this project over several months for the website and it will soon be live. Our aim is to record and recognise our members who have contributed to this great sport since its commencement in 1977. Board members, State Officers and other committee volunteers will be listed along with award winners and nominees both internal and external. Initially it will be basic however when time and resources permit we might be able to add photos, so we don’t forget our wonderful volunteers!
2013 State Championships
A few months ago we advised via the E-News that 2 weekends had been booked in May 2013 for this event. We can now confirm that we will conduct the 2013 MSWA State Championships on the weekend of 25/26th May at Challenge Stadium. If it is the same weekend as the AFL Western Derby you can still swim and see the game! We could not wait any longer to make the decision as country Clubs have to book accommodation and transport now.
Additionally for your information it is not always possible to conduct the State Championships prior to the National Championships however this option is considered annually as part of the philosophy of holding the event in short course mode and in country venues.
Black Swans Club
Queries were received again last year 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 to form relay teams. However it is possible for current WA members travelling to interstate meets to band together to swim as a second-claim Black Swans Club member ie. Pan Pacs or Nationals where only 1 or 2 members are going from your Club. Or join a larger participating Club as a second-claim member to be part of a team.
Masters National Coaching Courses
We have conducted 2 rounds of the Intro and Club Coach Courses within the past year and will conduct another Intro Coaching Course in November if there is enough interest. Please advise me via email by end of September if keen to participate, as we need a few more participants for it to happen.
Technical Officiating Courses
Technical Education Coordinator Ken Phillips is keen to conduct workshops or courses at Country Clubs. Please consider your Club’s needs and how you can help as a volunteer official - let Ken know via email@example.com .
Membership Growth Projects
Our Project Coordinator Nadine Georgiades is working on several projects including new club development. Bayview Saints Masters has commenced at St Hildas Girls School in Mosman Park with great support from the school for their families involvement as well as the local community.
Small Clubs Workshop
This was conducted last Saturday with special guest speakers Viki Shelver from Westcoast and Kim Klug from Stadium Snappers, thanks again. Viki and Kim provided an insight to planning and activities conducted at their Clubs which will hopefully motivate the new and smaller Clubs in future. The sharing of information in face-to-face sessions once again proved successful and highlighted the fact that we need to do more of this so that the new and smaller Clubs learn from experience and feel comfortable enough to pick up the phone for queries or support, or to attend a swim meet. Both Ballajura and Central Aquatic Clubs expressed enthusiasm to participate in OWS events this coming summer so keep an eye out for them and make them welcome.
Special Projects Funding to Clubs
This current funding project has finished and a new set of criteria for use of allocated funds from the MSWA Investment Account will be developed for 2013 and beyond. If your Club has not been successful in obtaining funds to purchase Club gear or equipment etc in the past 5 years keep your eyes out in early 2013 for the new criteria.
2013 HBF Masters State OWS
The date is set for SUNDAY 24th March at Coogee Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Entry will be via Club Captains and Team Manager program to Director of Recording Sandra Mutch.
Wendy Holtom - Executive Officer