Masters Swimming Australia eNewsletter
March 2015 edition 

Masters Swimming Australia Turns 40


Masters Swimming Australia has its 40th birthday this year.

The original organisation was known as the Australian Masters Swimming Association, which in turn became Australian Union of Senior Swimmers International, or as it was fondly known - AUSSI.

A.U.S.S.I. was constituted at a meeting held on 22nd September 1975 at South Sydney Junior Leagues Club. Those present were Jack Brownjohn (elected Vice President), John Kemp (committee member), Bill Lough (President), Alf Sparkes (committee), Gary Stutsel (Secretary), Frank Sykes (Assistant Secretary), John Wainwright and Ray Weekes (Treasurer). Of this group, Gary Stutsel (MSNSW) was the first financial member and is the only remaining current member.

(Pictures: left - Tamworth Members in 1977, eNews header - 1980 Nationals in Adelaide)

2015 MSA National Championships


With the first starters gun on Wednesday 8 April only two weeks away, best wishes go to the 604 members from 89 MSA clubs competing in the 2015 MSA National Championships. 

Latest Information
The MSTas website is your best source of the latest information, including event, heat and estimated starting times, information on Deck Seeding and 400m and 800m freestyle heat arrangements. 
Read more from MSTas about the 2015 National Championships.

Secret Photographers
Masters Swimming Australia is looking for "secret photographers" to be our eyes in Hobart. If you are interested, please contact Jane at by Monday April 6.

Members are also encouraged to use #MSAnationals2015 on their social media posts whilst at the meet. Please note that the use of this hashtag may result in the picture being reposted on the MSA social media sites.

40 Years of National Championships History

Before you travel to Hobart for the 40th MSA National Championships, MSA invite you to take a stroll down memory lane - Click Here.

Thank you to Rob Wilson (MSV), Lynne Malone (MSWA), Helga Ward (MSQ) and Diane Ellis (MSNSW) for their assistance in collecting missing photos are stories.

Pictured: Adelaide's Josie Samson receives the Founders Trophy at the 1980 National Swim.

Introducing Darcy Evans

MSA would like to congratulate Emma Evans and her husband Wade, on the arrival of their son Darcy , a little brother to Charlotte & McKenzie. Emma and Wade have also just bought a house in South Gippsland and will be moving there in the next few months. We wish Emma and her family all the best for their new chapter, even though we will miss her in the office.

MSA  welcomes Rachael Minton to the role of Operations Manager in the National Office. Rachael joins Jane (Monday - Wednesday) and Noeleen; in the office on a Thursday and Friday.

2014 Vorgee Endurance 1000 Results

Congratulations to 2014 Vorgee Endurance 1000 Club Champions, Noosa Masters (MSQ) and Vorgee Endurance 1000 Award winners, Talays Masters (MSTas). 

CLICK HERE for club results and individual point scores of all participants.
CLICK HERE to read the Vorgee Endurance 1000 feature story from Swimming Australia.


Vorgee Million Metres

The 2014 Vorgee Million Metres program saw members from all over Australia achieve personal goals. New swimmer Sally Hatcher (MSNSW) reached One Million Metres, Rosemary Green (MSWA) continued her own swimming journey and reached Two Million Metres, whilst John Pugh (MSTas) became the fifth member to reach Ten Million Metres.

Inspired by Sally, Rosemary and John, twelve MSA members from around Australia were awarded Vorgee Million Metres Milestones in February 2015. The second Vorgee Million Metres Milestone application date for 2015 is Friday May 1, 2015.

Vorgee Million Metres record card and application forms

Calling all NON-SWIMMING Coaches, Volunteers and
Technical Officials

If you are no longer swimming with your Club, you can still be a member of MSA. This will allow you to be in the communication loop for eNewsletters from MSA & your Branch. You will be eligible for promotional offers, applicable awards and most importantly, continue your membership.

Go into the Member Portal and select NEW REGISTRATION
click: STATE / Masters Swimming – NON SWIMMER
click: CLUB / NON SWIMMER (your Branch)
Select: CO, TO or VO 
Go on to fill out your details and pay $10 registration fee.


2015 MSA Swim Series

Mercure Townsville MSQ State Championships - March 13-15
Meet one of the 2015 MSA Swim Series was hosted by Masters Swimming Queensland's Long Tan Legends. Results.

LiveLighter MSWA 2015 All Club Challenge - March 28-29 
Good luck to all competing, officiating and volunteering this weekend at meet two of the 2015 MSA Swim Series, to be held at HBF Stadium. All competing are asked to visit the MSWA website for important parking details.

Upcoming Meets
Members can still get involved in the 2015 Masters Swim Series, with a further six meets, including the 2015 MSA National Championships, to take place around the country. Get Involved.


16th FINA World Masters Championships - Kazan


The 16th FINA World Masters Championships will be held in Kazan, Russia from August 5-16, 2015. For the first time in the history of the FINA Championships, the 16th FINA World Masters Championships in Kazan will be integrated into the 16th FINA World Championships. 

Important Information for Swimmers
Following a request from FINA, Masters Swimming Australia suggest that all members interested in attending read the attached information on the MSA Master Licence and Proof of Membership. Read more.

Travel to Kazan with IST
Sporting Groups Travel company, International Sport Tours are assisting MSA members wishing to travel to Kazan in August. Read more.


17th FINA World Masters Championships - Budapest


FINA is pleased to announce that Budapest, Hungary, will host the 17th FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships in July 2017, replacing the city of Guadalajara (MEX). Read more.

15th Australian Masters Games - Adelaide


Swimming will be included in the program of 60 sports at the 15th Australian Masters Games, to be held in Adelaide from October 3-10. Entries Now Open.

Volunteer Call
Organisers of the 2015 Australian Masters Games are on the hunt for volunteers. The 2015 AMG will be held in Adelaide from October 3-10, however volunteer roles are available throughout the year in the lead up to the Games, Games time, and post-Games. Volunteer Today.


2015 Meet & Event Dates


CLICK HERE for a current list of meets and events to be hosted by Masters Swimming Australia and our Branches in 2015.

Click on the links below to visit each Branchs' meets calendar.
NSW || NT || SA || TAS || VIC || WA

Coaching Corner

Coaching Tips and Hints

Breakfast Fuel for Success
By Sports Dietitians Australia
Olivier Poirier-Leroy

Swimming and Boats
Patrick Devine


Volunteer Profile
Northern Territory


Some members just keep on giving.........In 1987, Julie Collins was one of the founding members of Alice AUSSI Masters Swimming Club; and now at the beginning of 2015, she has been elected as the new President. Julie was also heavily involved in the running of the 2014 Alice Springs Masters Games. She was also very active in Tasmania during that time. Read more.

Branch News


New South Wales

The MSNSW Long Course Championships was held on March 21 - 22 at SOPAC. Congratulations to Manly Masters who won the Overall Point Score, Anne Smyth who was named 2014 MSNSW Coach of the Year and Sue Wiles who was named 2014 MSNSW Official of the Year at the meetResults.

Clarence River's David Abrahams was named the 2014 Volunteer of the Year for his lifetime commitment to his community through volunteering which began at age 17. Congratulations David. Read More.


Northern Territory

MSNT wish to congratulate Darwin Stinger's John Pollock and Patricia O'Brien-Price on their recent Vorgee Million Metres Milestones.


Whitsunday Masters Swimming Club's Raylene Rasmussen was the recipient of the 2015 Whitsunday's Australia Day Sports Administrator Award. Congratulations Raylene. Read More.

Margaret Cunningham received attention from her local paper following the Mercure Townsville MSQ State Championships in March. A very happy 90th birthday to Margaret for April. Read more.



South Australia

MSSA members have had a busy summer, with the 2014/15 Summer Pool Series and the 2014/15 Channel Nine Open Water Swim Series. Read more.

MSSA are excited to announce that the Mildura Murray Masters Carnival is on once again in August 2015. Discover More.



MSTas held their 31st Summer Long Course Championships at the Hobart Aquatic Centre on Saturday February 21. Congratulations to Tomatoes Swim who were named Club Champions. Results.



Congratulations to Steve Bottomley who was recently named the 2014 MSV Coach of the Year.

MSV members were sad to hear of the passing of Thomas Currie (VMV), Bruce Ripper (VSS and MSV Life Member) and Charles Erasmus (VDC). All three men have been remembered in touching tributes from their fellow MSV members. Read more.

The North Lodge Neptunes, along with MSV and MSA, would like to congratulate Claris Artis who celebrated her 100th Birthday in February. Read more.


Western Australia

MSWA recently acknowledged several Masters Clubs for their outstanding achievements in 2014. Congratulations to all awarded. Read more.

Good luck to all competing in the MSWA meet of the Masters Swim Series this weekend, the LiveLighter 2015 All Club Challenge.

MSWA and MSA would like to welcome new club, Busselton to the MSA community. Read more.

MSA Merchandise


The next due date for MSA merchandise orders is Friday May 1, 2015.
View and Order Merchandise.



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