September 2013 Edition               

Welcome to our Spring edition of the eNews

For me this is an exciting time of the year, as I prefer to swim outdoors. My local winter pool is the new South Australian aquatic centre, which is an excellent facility; but I much prefer being outdoors in the sun and the fresh air. The sea is also starting to warm-up and open water swims are not that far away.

As the outdoor pools open for the summer season, the opportunities for swimming increase dramatically; so if you haven’t swum during the winter, get out there and get  into it as soon as you can. The health benefits of swimming are manifold not only for physical but mental health as well. Swimming always makes me feel better.

Thanks to the generosity of Masters Swimming Queensland, the National Championships will be held in Rockhampton in 2014. It is an opportunity to take our premier event to a regional centre and showcase Masters swimming. I’ll certainly be swimming there and I look forward to seeing you there as well. It will be an ideal opportunity to combine a swimming meet and a holiday in an area that has plenty to offer the tourist.

I know that for the majority of our members, Masters swimming is about a healthy lifestyle, swimming with a likeminded group of people and not about competition. We are always looking for ways to better serve our membership and are constantly on the lookout for new and innovative ideas and programs. So if you have positive suggestions please let your club, branch and MSA know about them.

I think Michael Phelps summed up swimming very well when he said “Swimming is normal for me. I'm relaxed. I'm comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It's my home.

Best wishes for the summer swimming season. I look forward to seeing you in the water.

Craig Smith
MSA President


2013 International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame
Jenny Whiteley

Masters Swimming NSW member, Jenny Whiteley will be inducted into the 2013 International Masters Hall of Fame, at a presentation dinner in California tonight (13/09/13).

The Ryde Masters Club member has had a lifetime of achievements, beginning at the age of 14 when she was selected in the NSW State team. As a member of MSNSW, she has set 46 FINA World Records (seven of them pending at the moment).

CLICK HERE to read more.

Congratulations to Jenny on another outstanding achievement and very worthwhile recognition by IMHOF.

Endurance 1000 Program


The MSA Vorgee Endurance 1000 program was introduced in 2012, replacing and updating the Aerobics program. The program is designed to encourage people to swim distances from 400m to 60 minutes duration in a variety of strokes, thus improving their aerobic capacity.

There are many clubs from each Branch focusing on the Endurance 1000 Program with training sessions, morning coffees and even fundraising events luring people to join in and reap the benefits.

CLICK HERE to read what clubs from your Branch are up to.

Munich Olympics Reunion

It is more than 40 years since the Munich Olympics and the Australian Swim Team that attended these Olympics are having a get together at Tumblgum in Northern NSW in October. All members of the 1972 swim team and their partners are welcome to join the team to relive stories past and present on the weekend of October 19-20 2013.

The 1972 Australian Swimming Team members were: Neil Rogers, Greg Rogers, Michael Wenden, Robert Nay, Graham White, Brad Cooper, Graham Windeatt, Neil Martin, Bruce Featherston, Paul Jarvie, James Findlay, Sharon Booth, Leanne Francis, Shane Gould, Helen Gray, Deborah Palmer, Karen Moras, Narelle Moras, Sue Lewis, Debra Dain, Beverley Whitfield, Judith Hudson, Sue Funch, Gail Neall

To view the invitation CLICK HERE

Coaching Corner

Groove to the Music to Improve Swim Performance - Peter Reaburn PhD

A study has recently been conducted on the benefits of listening to music before swimming. Peter Reaburn looked into the study.
CLICK HERE to read more.


Rocky Road Trip 2014 by Mark Erickson (MSQ Coaching Director) 

Mark looks ahead to the 2014 National Championships and how to best prepare for them.
CLICK HERE to read more.


Technical Corner


Following the FINA Technical and General Congresses held in Barcelona in July 2013, FINA has advised that the updates to the FINA Constitution, General Rules, Technical Rules for Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming, Masters, Medical and Doping are now available on the FINA website.

The new FINA Rules are to be implemented from 23rd September 2013.
CLICK HERE to read the rules.

MSA will be reviewing some of the FINA Masters Rules at the October General Meeting to look at the implications on the MSA Rules for the future.


Events Corner
MSA members world wide success

World Masters Games

The World Masters Games were held in Torino, Italy at the beginning of August. Masters Swimming Australia was well represtented by members from all over Australia. MSNSW's members did particuarly well and shared their stories with us.

CLICK HERE to read more.

The Great Barrier Reef Masters Games 

The Inaugural Great Barrier Reef Masters Games was a Long Course meet, held at the Woree Bicentennial Aquatic Centre. The swimming took place from 9th to the 11th of August with 88 entries (72 Registered Masters Swimmers and 16 non-registered Masters Swimmers). At the event, six State and/or National records were broken during the  meet.

CLICK HERE to read more about the event.

Mildura Murray Masters

On August 24 and 25, Masters Swimming South Australia  sanctioned the Mildura Murray Masters. It was a successful weekend, with 80 competitors coming from  MSSA,   MSV,  MSNSW and MSNT.

e oldest members to make the journey were an 84 year old female and an 83 year old male. All relay winners received local South Australian wines as prizes.

World Out Games

Eleven Glamourhead Sharks from MSV competed in the World Outgames in Antwerp, Belgium. The 11 member team were part of the 5,000 competitors  who participated in 32 sports from July 31st to August 11th.

The star for the Glamourheads was Kirk Goodsell, who brought home gold in all five of his events. Six other members added to the medal haul adding  twelve more medals. 

The 2014 World Outgames will be held in Darwin. 
For more information on the World Outgames CLICK HERE.


Up Coming Events




The Geelong Masters Games to be held in Geelong, Victoria are not far away. The  swimming events will begin a day before the official opening of the week long Games, with an afternoon session on Friday the 4th October. Swimming events will conclude on Sunday the 6th of October. 

It is not too late to enter! Entries close Friday September 20th.

For more information CLICK HERE.
CLICK HERE for more swimming information.


The 2014 FINA World Masters Championships will be held from the 27th of July until the 10th of August. Our sponsors, IST are offering fully inclusive tour packages to MSA members. Package details will be avaliable in October.

CLICK HERE to view the event schedule. 
CLICK HERE for more information from IST.


News from the Branches


New South Wales

In this month's Splash enewsletter, MSNSW looks at their favourite swimming toys.
CLICK HERE to read all about what is happening in NSW.


Northern Territory

Members from MSNT's Darwin Stingers have been busy this month.

CLICK HERE to read their e-newsletter.



The Redlands, from MSQ introduced a number of members to competitive swimming during July.

CLICK HERE to read more.


South Australia

At the conclusion of MSSA Interclub 4, the Interclub Champion for 2013 was announced. Making history, Atlantis won the 2013 award, proving that hard work can pay off.

CLICK HERE for the full story.



MSTas hosted the 29th Winter Short Course Championships over two days in August.



MSV member and Ambassador, Linley Frame, competed in the Swimming Victoria Short Course Championships held at SOPAC, making two finals.

CLICK HERE to discover how Linley swam.

Western Australia

MSWA are very proud of their member who completed the 32-kilometre channel swim from Catalina Island to the Californian mainland just south of Los Angeles.

CLICK HERE to read about Barbara Pellick's achievement.

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. In the latest edition, FINA showcase the big moments from the  FINA World Championships recently held in Barcelona.

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

Human Kinetics Book Deal


Masters Swimming has partnered with Human Kinetics and is pleased to offer 15% off most titles, simply enter the  code  MS2013 at   the  checkout. To receive 20% off this month’s special books, please use the code MS20

In order to take advantage of this deal, you must be a Human Kinetics Rewards member, sign up for free here.

CLICK HERE to read about this month's book offers!



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