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Monthly News
from the Board of MSNSW
September, 2014

Volunteer of the Month

Lynette Falconer from Caringbah.
Lynette is not a person we see regularly at swim meets or other functions, but she works incredibly hard in the background…

…has been instrumental in setting up procedures on how to update pages on the website for which she has written some documentation.

To nominate a MSNSW member simply write a paragraph describing their impact on you or your club and they may win the $30 Coles Myer gift card. Email your nomination to the Branch office before the next meeting of the MSNSW Board.
Be aware that the information may be used for publicity purposes.

2015 Membership Fee Increase
From 1st December our 12 month membership will be $70 and for new members taking advantage of a 16 month membership from 1st September the price will be $86 (MSA & MSNSW inclusive). Clubs will need to add their fee

In the past we have enjoyed a one month period of grace to renew our membership but all memberships will now expire on 31st December, so Club Registrars need to spread the word that once they open their 2015 membership on 1 December all members will need to re-join before December ends.

Note: If swimming while unfinancial there is NO insurance cover.

For those members that plan to enter the Campbelltown meet on January 17 2015, you will need to be paid up by December 24!

When you re-join online in December you will be prompted to review your emergency contacts information. Most members do not update any details in the data base and some leave it to their clubs to organise so please take a moment to check these important details. We now have space to include “medical conditions your coach needs to know”, this will be a voluntary field to be filled in if you wish to do so.

Sport Development Officer

Please take some time to think about how Simon may assist your club to expand its activities, reaching out to new people, being more prominent in your community or growing your club numbers. What help does your club need? You can contact Simon at

Member Protection Information Officer
Are you interested in being a MPIO for your club? The  Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) is trained to be the first point of contact for a person reporting  a complaint under, or a breach of, the Member Protection Policy. The MPIO provides impartial and confidential support to the person making a complaint. If you are interested in finding out more please go to http://www.playbytherules.net.au/mpio


Intro Coach Course-expressions of interest

For all members interested in training up to be a coach, please contact the branch office so plans can be made for 2015.


Grape escape Weekend in Griffith

Do you enjoy wine, swimming, shoe shopping? Keep tuned to this space as we organise a Grape Escape weekend in Griffith next May as part of our ruby anniversary year.  Starting on Saturday 2nd May with a winery convoy to enjoy a few liquid delights of the district before a coach clinic at Griffith pool followed by a casual dinner-perhaps poolside. Sunday morning will see us rise and shine to introduce the adult swimmers of the area to just how good a masters mini meet can be-open to all. It is a short course pool so there will be some serious 25m races as well as cross-border swim offs and business house relays. How about a State of origin swim-off between the ACT and Victoria and NSW? We might even get some members come across from MSSA! Feel up to the challenge? Masters Swimming Victoria is and they plan to meet us on pool deck. The Griffith Visitor Information Centre will be able to assist you by providing local details on accommodation and where to shop/drink/dine. http://www.visitnsw.com/visitor-information-centres/griffith-visitor-information-centre   Set aside the dates now and offers of assistance are welcomed by the branch office.


2015 Meet Calendar

The draft calendar for 2015 is now on the website, but there is still time in 2014 to enter for:

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Social Media

We now have 1190 likes!
Visiting our page directly at www.facebook.com/mastersswimmingnsw is a good way to keep up to date with the happenings of Masters Swimming NSW and seeing our news. Tell us what your club is doing! We would like all clubs to put our facebook email address content@msnswfacebook.info on your club mailing list so that we are up to date with what is happening at your club. We have started using hashtags, so ask you to use our hashtag, #msnsw when posting about your swimming or achievements in swimming. Hashtags are a unique link on social media which points users to a common page that highlights posts that are of a common subject.

Photographs on Social Media
 At swim meets and social activities images may be taken for promotional purposes within our sport. If you do not wish your photo to be displayed please contact the branch office and we will ensure our administrators do their best to take any image down as soon as possible. We are happy snappers and there are many cameras and smart phones now appearing on pool deck where reporting on facebook can happen instantly but we do not wish to offend.

Incidents and Injuries

Should you or a fellow club member receive an injury (no matter how minor) whilst training, competing or involved in club activities you or the club MUST complete an injury or incident form and send it to the Branch/National office. It needs to be reported as soon as practicable for insurance purposes so please do not leave it longer than 48 hours before letting us know. We also need to be aware and alert to problems as they occur so, if needs be, strategies can be considered for safety’s sake.

Forms are on our website under Downloads/Forms.

Are you a SAL accredited official?

Are you Swimming Australia  accredited? Officials who have a current accreditation with a swimming organisation other than MSA should refer to Cross Accreditation and Re-accreditation on the MSA website.

SAL accredited officials may officiate at MSA sanctioned meets except in the role of the Meet Referee, who must be accredited with MSA. SAL referees should refer to the Guide for SAL accredited referees.

All members and their family & friends are encouraged to become accredited officials!


Time to Party!
Did you know that we turn 40 next year? That’s our ruby anniversary and we are organising a State dinner (with party) on Saturday 12 September 2015 to which everyone is invited. It is hoped that members will enjoy a subsidised price of $40 per head and non-members $50 per head. Please block out this date in your 2015 calendar to be sure you can attend.


Looking for Accommodation or funds for your club?


Are interested in a charity swim?

How about http://www.brainswim.org.au/ at Lane Cove pool on 23 November, a swim-a-thon to help beat brain cancer.


NSW Masters Games

Sport NSW (previously NSW Sports Federation) would like to re-establish the NSW Masters Games and have asked for your views through this survey www.sportnsw.com.au/News/NSW-Masters-Games-Survey


Ocean Swims

Oceanswims are about to start again so please visit www.oceanswims.com.au



Lost Property
Found at the State Relay meet - a pair of thongs (aka flip flops/jandals) and a pair of prescription reading glasses - contact the Branch office.


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The next Board meeting is scheduled for Monday 17 November 2014.
These meetings are open to any member of Masters Swimming NSW. Please notify the branch office by the Friday before the meeting of your intention to join us or of any agenda items you wish to add.

MSNSW Board Members:
Jane Noake, Tony Tooher, Sue Wiles, Stuart Meares, Jon Hawton, Chris Lock and Owen Sinden.

Jillian Pateman

ABN: 42 468 116 472

to contact Masters Swimming NSW
Phone: 02 8116 9716   Fax: 02 8732 1606
Email: admin@mastersswimmingnsw.org.au
Internet:  www.mastersswimmingnsw.org.au
Postal address: PO Box 6941 SILVERWATER   NSW   2128
Ground Floor, Sports House, 6A Figtree Drive SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK   NSW   2127