Thursday 6th March 2014
  Stop Press
Congratulations to Susan Kempson


Susan Kempson, from Malvern Marlins, was recently elected to the Masters Swimming Australia National Board. Susie will start her term in early May and joins Criag Smith (President), Gerry Tucker (Finance), Therese Crollick and Ivan Martinovich.

Congratulations Susie!

  2013/14 OWS Season comes to an end
Cerberus Swim Classic and GVSS Presentation Party 


The final weekend of February saw the 2013/14 Great Victorian Swim Series (GVSS) come to an end with the Cerberus Swim Classic at Half Moon Bay and the Presentation Party. 

The GVSS Presentation Party on Sunday 23rd February,  saw awards distributed for short course, non-wetsuit and long course catergories. Also awarded was the inaugral MSV Open Water Club Champions trophy, which went to the Doncaster Dolphins (1214 pts. 13 series entrants. Av 93 pts).

Congratulations to the Doncaster Dolphins, to all MSV members who participated in the 2013/14 OWS season and to those who took home awards.

CLICK HERE to read more and see photos from the last OWS weekend.


  Aqua Shop Member of the Month
John Marshall - Technical Official

The Aquashop Masters Member of the Month for March is John Marshall 

The Malvern Marlins members are well represented on lots of Masters committees and in offical positions. There seems to be a willingness to volunteer their time for a variety of state and national roles that help to make the sport tick. One of our outstanding volunteers, John Marshall is an active Marlin, but is also well known in his roles as a Referee at pool events, as the MSV Technical Director and a member of  the National Technical Committee (representing Victoria). Congratulations John on being the March Member of the Month.
CLICK HERE to read more about John Marshall.


As the Aqua Shop member of the month, John wins a $50 Aqua Shop voucher.

  Malvern Marlins 22nd Interclub
Saturday February 8, 2014

The first pool event for 2014, the Malvern Marlins 22nd Interclub event took place on a 40 degree day in February. Held at the Harold Holt Pool, the Marlins hosted 132 members from 12 clubs and one member from Tasmania. 
CLICK HERE to view the results.

In 2014,  the club has introduced a new trophy to be awarded at the Interclub each year, to the swimmer whose 200m IM time is closest to the FINA world record in their age-group, as calculated through the Meet Manager recording package. This award has been produced to honour the 50 year anniversary of Patrick Devine’s National record-breaking swim for the 220yard I.M. in November 1964. The winner of the inaugural ‘Patrick Devine 200IM Trophy’ was Craig Williamson from Nunawading Orcas.

Congratulations to all who competed and to the Malvern Marlins on a well run event.

  Swimming Victoria Sprint Championships
Saturday February 8, 2014

On Saturday February 8th, Jennie Bucknell (VPP), Gill O' Mara (VPP), Pete Borain (VPP), Sarah James (VYR) and MSV ambassador Linley Frame (VVC) competed in the Swimming Victoria Sprint Championships at the MSAC.

Heat three of the Over 19 50m Freestyle (event 31) saw Jennie, Gill and Linley all compete against each other, with Jennie Bucknell qualifying for the final, where she finished 5th. 

Congratulations to all five members, who each made it into their finals.
CLICK HERE to view the results.


  MSV Long Course Championships
Saturday April 5, 2014



Registrations are still open for the first MSV pool event of the year, the Long Course Championships on Saturday April 5.

Sign up today to join the Casey Seals, Doncaster Dolphins, Frankston, Gippsland Flippers, Heidelberg Flyers, Malvern Marlins, Nunawading Orcas, Powerpoints, Surrey Park Seahorses members who have already entered.

Registrations close at 5pm on Friday March 21st.
CLICK HERE to register.


  2014 MSA National Championships
Accomodation Special

Rocky Gardens Motor Inn would love to assist MSA members looking for Nationals' accommodation and meals. The 4-star Motel is located on the south side of Rockhampton with 42 and a restaurant, which is open for both breakfast and dinner (it is possible with prior arrangement to have our chefs prepare a special diet to suit the requirements).

Located approximately 5 minutes away from the Nationals' venue, Rocky Gardens we would like to offer their complimentary courtesy bus to drop off and pick from the pool.

Group discounts are avaliable - ask for Ray Humphries on booking.

For more information on the venue, CLICK HERE for the Rocky Gardens website.
CLICK HERE to regsiter for the 2014 National Championships.


  MSV Swim Meets

Upcoming Pool Events in 2014:

Swim meet dates are available for viewing via the calendar on the MSV website.
CLICK HERE to be redirected.

Don't forget other MSA Branches may have state swims that may be of interest to you.
NSW || NT || QLD || SA || TAS || WA


  Coaching Corner
Upcoming Courses

MSV Intro Coaching Course

In the past few months, two MSV clubs have been on the look out for new coaches, proving that a MSV coaching accreditation is always handy! Why not regsiter for the upcoming MSV Intro Coaching course (March 23) and begin your coaching journey.

Please send expressions of interest to EMMA at the MSV office



MSA Coaching "Master Class"

Masters Swimming Australia recently announced a two day Coaching Master Class to be held at the Richmond Pool in Melbourne in May. The course will include presentations from Alex Hirschauer (National Open Sprint Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coach Vicentre Swimming Club) and Brian Ford (Senior Head Coach, Traralgon Swimming Club) over two days.

Please note: This course is for coaches who are accredited and experienced in coaching adult swimmers, preferably in Masters Clubs. There are 20 places available and no interstate travel for MSV members - so register today!

Clubs - consider sponsoring your coach! You will  benefit.......

CLICK HERE for more information and to register


Heidelberg Flyers coaching update

The Heidelberg Flyers would like to thank all those who have helped in our search for a coach, particularly Jane Barnes from MSV and the Nunawading Orcas for providing all the details and processes of how they approached finding a new coach.

Applications are now closed. The Flyers are now in the process of interviewing and trialling some of the applicants for the coaching position and will announce the successful applicant soon.


  Technical Corner
FINA Rule Changes

FINA updated the Butterfly and Breaststroke rules last year to require that the hands must be separated on the touch at the turns and finish. MSA had been following  the SAL interpretation of "separated", which required a clear separation between the hands on the touch. 

FINA have since issued a 'clarification' of separated hands for the recent rule changes, with a very clear and well structured document. CLICK HERE to read the document. 

In essence, it is not necessary to see space between the hands on the touch. Incidental contact at the fingers is not a concern, but the hands cannot be stacked one on top of the other. Our officials will be interpreting the rule according to this clarification at future meets. 

  Club News




From Monday March 3rd, Masters Swimming Victoria and the Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre will be joining together to run three squad training sessions a week.

CLICK HERE to discover when the sessions are being held and how to join in.


Gippsland Flippers

On February 25th, the Gippsland Flippers gathered together to proudly present Club Secretary Sue Graham with Life Membership. Congratulations to Sue from MSV.

CLICK HERE to read about Sue Graham.


Malvern Marlins

The Malvern Marlins have had a busy February, hosting their 22nd Annual Interclub Event, completing the OWS Season and taking part in the 24 Hour Mega Swim.

CLICK HERE to learn with Marlin has become a member of the MSA Board.



Powerpoints members Pete Borain, Jen Bucknell and Gill O'Mara all raced in the Victorian Sprints Championship in the over 19 age group. 

CLICK HERE for more information.



Masters Swiming Victoria would like to welcome our newest club, Swimland to the MSV community.


Warrnambool Whales

Visiting from Queensland, Mark Eaves (the Warrnambool Whales' founder) visited his old club for a training session and morning tea.

CLICK HERE to read more about the Warrnambool Whales' history.


2014 MSV Board Meetings


Following a decision made at the February MSV Board Meeting, future MSV meetings will return to the High Street Road Uniting Church in Mount Waverley.

The next Masters Swimming Victoria Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday March 18.


  2014 MSV Sponsors Deals


Aqua Shop

Craig and Lyndell are expert at fitting both competition suits and wetsuits. They have an excellent range of bathers, goggles,comp suits and wetsuits. 

In 2014 MSV members receive 10% discount off all goods - just say you are a MSV member.

CLICK HERE to discover Aqua Shop.


Funky Trunks and Funkita

Funky Trunks make a range of swimwear, including bathers with excellent chlorine resistant technology and very covetable designs. 

In 2014 MSV members receive 20% off Funky Trunks and Funkita items with the code MSV2014.

Visit www.wayfunky.com to discover Funky Trunks and Funkita.


For any other information please visit the MSV website

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  This email was prepared and sent by Jane Barnes.
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