June 2013 Edition               

Welcome to our Winter edition of the eNews

We hope you are enjoying being a member of a Masters Swimming Club this year.   A major ingredient for this is plenty of Fitness, Friendship and Fun as the year hits it's solstice!                                                                                                                        

MSA has a number of projects on the go including the refresh of the logo and the branding of all MSA properties to provide a consistent and attractive image, reviewing the OWS Rules and compiling an OWS Organiser's Manual and the preparation of a Member Protection Policy that covers all levels of our sport. The approval and/or launch of these projects will occur at the upcoming Spring General Meeting.

Congratulations and a heartfelt thankyou to the MSNSW Organising Committee who delivered a wonderful National Championships in Sydney in April. There are some fabulous photos of the action in and around the pool in the report below.

MSWA recognise a great contributor - Kim Tyler

There are many people who provide wonderful volunteer service to our organisation and it is important to recognise them all in some way.  MSWA has selected one of their most outstanding volunteers during the past eight years. This member has been involved in different areas and at every level  of this sport, so to go through the pages of achievements for Fremantle’s Kim Tyler would take the rest of the day!

CLICK HERE to read more about Kim's outstanding achievements.

Vorgee Million Metres - Congratulations David Bale

A big congratulations to David Bale from Tuggeranong Masters, MSNSW who joined the Million Metres Club in August 2012. David was presented with his certificate and polo-shirt in March 2013 at the State LC Championships.

It took David just over two and a half years to achieve his million metres, which is a pretty impressive time period  to gain this award. David said that his 5+km swims of a morning with Steve and the Woden swim club kids contributed tremendously to his getting there in such a short time period. David’s desire to reach that million mark resulted in his high level of fitness during that period.

If you are new to any club, why not start logging all your swims at training, in endurance swims and race meets.  All of these count towards your Vorgee Million Metres Award which is open to all registered members of Masters Swimming Australia.

National Coach & Official of the Year

Congratulations once again to Brenton Ford of Powerpoints, MSV on his nomination and award as 2012 Coach of the Year and to Di Partridge from Cessnock, MSNSW on her nomination and award as 2012 Official of the Year. 

Presentations were made to both Di and Brenton at the Presentation Dinner at the National Championships and Brenton was also awarded the ASCTA Masters Coach of the Year at the recent ASCTA Coaching Conference and Presentation Dinner held on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

To read the profiles on both of these wonderful people CLICK HERE

2013 National Championships in Sydney - been and gone!

There were lots of records broken and many personal best times set at the championships but the fun was on the pool deck and in the stands. You just had to be there to soak up the atmosphere.

The feedback was positive - 'I wanted to let you know how impressed I was with the running of the Nationals and with the spirit in which the event was conducted by officials and competitors'. 

'Given the number of races conducted over such a short period, I thought it was remarkable that the timetable was maintained without any apparent histrionics on the part of officials or competitors'.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Photos can be viewed here 

Coaching Corner


Warming Up... This month Peter Reaburn has written an article on the importance of warming up as close as possible to your event. The research and results speak for themselves...READ MORE

Technical Corner


Volunteers Needed - Why not take the first step and complete the timekeeper course and learn to take and record times correctly? If not for you, tap someone else on the shoulder to get them involved, sometimes people just need to be asked! 

After timekeeping you can progress to any of the other technical positions and eventually become a referee. READ MORE about why we need you!

2014 National Championships - Rockhampton



The 2014 National Championships will be held in Rockhampton, Queensland next year from the 23rd - 26th April. CLICK HERE to see more about the program of events and accommodation suggestions.
2014 / 15 Swim Series 

An annual Masters Swim Series 2014/15  is to be launched at the 2014 National Championships in Rockhampton. The series will include the National Championships and one nominated event from each of the Australian Branches. Eight events in all.

The Branches are currently selecting their event for inclusion (an event that is already on their calendar) and agreeing to an awards structure.

Awards will be presented/announced based on participation and performance at the following year’s National Championships.

  • The objective of the Series is to raise the profile of the MSA National & Branch events.
  • Showcase a range of different swimming events. (LC/SC/LD)
  • Encourage and reward swimmers who travel around Australia using swimming as their incentive.  

Points will be published each year for swimmers who have entered any of the nominated events.

2013 Masters Games for you to consider

Closing date is nearing for the early bird specials. Be quick to guarantee you don't miss out:

3rd - 11th August
Torino World Masters Games website - CLICK HERE 

9th - 11th August
Great Barrier Reef Masters Games - CLICK HERE

24th - 25th August 2013
Mildura Murray Masters Carnival - CLICK HERE

5th - 12th October 2013
Geelong Masters Games - CLICK HERE


15th FINA World Masters Championships - Montreal 2014

CLICK HERE to visit the Montreal World Masters Championships website.

FINA Aquatics World Magazine


Keep up to date with all that is happening in the world of Swimming by reading the latest FINA Aquatics World Magazine

Simply CLICK HERE and fill out your details to receive news directly from FINA.


Sports Dietitians Australia - Cramps & Stitches

You have trained hard, you are mentally focussed, your muscle glycogen levels are topped up and you have the desire to perform better than ever. You are now at your peak. But there are still two things that can stop you dead in your tracks: the cramp and the stitch. They will over-ride all of your mental and physical training and your performance will suffer.

to read the fact sheet on how to help reduce the risk of a cramp or stitch while exercising.


News from the Branches

New South Wales

It's been very busy up the East Coast, many stories to tell and photos to share CLICK HERE to read all about it.

Northern Territory

To read all about NT's successful Interclub Meets and 20km swims in croc infested waters CLICK HERE


MSQLD clubs have some eventful stories to share CLICK HERE to read more.

CLICK HERE to read through Noosa's newsletter and see some fantastic photos.

South Australia





MSV's have an exciting couple of months ahead, 3 individual club meets and their Short Course Championships in July.

CLICK HERE to read the June edition of On the Blocks.

Western Australia

MSWA have been recognising the achievements of their well deserving members. 

CLICK HERE to read about the recent awards presented.

Human Kinetics Book Deal



This month Human Kinetics has partnered with MSA and would like to offer up to 20% discount on most titles! Simply enter the promo code MS20 at the cart and hit update. You must be a Human Kinetics Rewards member, sign up for free here.

CLICK HERE to read about this month's books on offer!


CLICK HERE to visit Vorgee's website.

This email was prepared and sent by Emma Evans,
Masters Swimming Australia, 
Level 2 Sports House, 375 Albert Road, Albert Park, Australia, 3206