March 2016 edition


President's Message

The 2016 year is well and truly off and away as the OWS season draws to a close for the southern states. Congratulations to the members who featured on podiums around Australia in their age groups.

A record number of members have entered the 2016 National Championships to be held in Melbourne at MSAC on April 21 - 24. The Organising Committee were over the moon with this response to their promotions but with this success comes the need for careful planning to comfortably accommodate 727 swimmers.It is going to be a great event. We look forward to welcoming you to the carnival of swimming on the ANZAC weekend and hope you make the most of your visit to Melbourne.

Craig Smith
MSA President

Congratulations to the newly elected NBM Members


MSA is pleased to announce the recent election of Therese Crollick, Wendy Holtom and Neal Bertram to the National Board. They join President Craig Smith and  Finance Director Gerry Tucker, to form a Board of five for the coming year. 

We would also like to acknowledge and thank Susan Kempson for her term on the National Board of Management and wish her well for the coming year.


2016 MSA National Championships


The 2016 Masters Swimming National Championships will break all records with 727 confirmed entries. Four days of pool events will take place at MSAC in Albert Park Victoria from April 21-24.

Relay entries are now open and close on Monday April 18th. The LINK was sent to all Branches for distribution to CLUBS.

To find out more about the 2016 National Championships
CLICK HERE to visit the website.


2016 MSA Masters Swim Series

The  Masters Swimming Australia 2016 Swim Series  launched at the MSV State LC Championships in Melbourne and the next event is the MSNSW LC Championships on April 9-10.

There are eight events in the series – the 2016 National Championships and one event nominated from each of the Masters Swimming Branches. 

The National Swim Series is about participation and performance - all members are encouraged to get involved. Members only need to swim in two events to be eligible for prizes.The progressive points are displayed in the Results Portal through the Series.

CLICK HERE to visit the MSA website for more information on the Masters Swim Series.

2021 & 2023 FINA World Championships


The Japanese city of Fukuoka will host the 2021 edition of the FINA World Championships and the FINA World Masters Championships, while Doha in Qatar will host the same two competitions in 2023.


Before 2021 and 2023, Budapest (HUN) will host the 2017 edition of the FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships, while Gwangju (KOR) will stage these two competitions in 2019.


Volunteer Profile


John Collis from Molongo Water Dragons in the ACT is just one of those Club members that makes things happen! He's a do'er and not afraid to have some fun!

To read more about John's contribution to Masters Swimming  and his Club          CLICK HERE.

Vorgee Endurance 1000 Program
Noosa Masters named 2015 Winners


Congratulations to Noosa Masters (QNA -MSQ), who with 19793 points, have won the 2015 Vorgee Endurance 1000 Champion Club Trophy. They had 61 swimmers take part in the program. A wonderful Club effort!

Talays Masters (TTL - MSTas) have been named the winners of the Vorgee Endurance 1000 Award, with the most average points.They had 29 participants.

Coingratulations to both Clubs as it takes a lot of organisation and enthusiasm to achieve these points by the majority of your members!

CLICK HERE for full results.

Vorgee Million Metres Program


February saw the first Vorgee Million Metres order date for 2016. This order saw a total of ten members from throughout Australia reach one of the Million Metres Milestones.

Congratulations to the three members who reached their first milestone, reaching One Million Metres.
CLICK HERE to download your Million Metres recording sheet or application form.
The next Million Metres due date is Monday May 2.

Slip, Slop, Slap


With our training and competitions getting into full swing for the year, it’s important to make sure that all of our coaches, officials and spectators are properly protected from the sun. MSA takes sun protection seriously, and we would like our members to enjoy swimming events and training sessions while being sun safe.  

CLICK HERE to read how you can protect yourself in 2016.

Coaching Corner


What are Masters Swimmers looking for in a Coach?

By Peter Reaburn PhD

Research has consistently shown that coaches matter! Coaches set the program, the tone of the workout, the level of motivation, and the level of improvement we make. But as in all professions there are coaches and there are coaches. The good and the bad. Those that make a difference and those that don’t.

CLICK HERE to read some US research that was undertaken to examine the experiences of competitive masters swimmers by asking them to describe desired coaching characteristics and the benefits they perceived by being involved with masters swimming.

Technical Corner

Do you know the rules? Simplified help sheets for Officials and Swimmers are now available.

Contemplating pool competition in 2016? If so, you need to be aware of the rules and technicalities of swimming. The rules may have changed since you last competed !

Club Coaches should already be incorporating these hints into their training sessions.

If you want to read a few good articles  CLICK HERE

Events Calendar 


Upcoming Masters Events

Upcoming Branch Events:

Click on the links below to visit each Branches' events calendar.
NSW || NT || QLD || SA || TAS || VIC || WA

MSA Postal Swims

In 2016, there will be six MSA sanctioned Postal Swims throughout the year.

CLICK HERE for more information on the 2016 MSA Postal Swims.

Branch News

New South Wales

Clary Munns from Blacktown won the 2015 NSW Masters Athlete of the Year. CLICK HERE to read more about her achievements and the Sport NSW award.

Blue Mountains Phoenix Masters swimmer Sue Wiles discovered the Cole Classic in 2005, a year after she discovered masters swimming, and she hasn’t missed a swim since then. CLICK HERE to read more.

CLICK HERE to read a touching letter from a very grateful MSNSW Sutherland Sandbern Member.

Northern Territory

The MSNT Interclub is run in two locations each year - Alice Springs and Darwin. It will be held on 22 May 2016 if you are interested.

CLICK HERE for more information.


MSQ has just advised that  Christian Thiess passed away this week. He died in what the police term 'A freak accident' while riding his bicycle.  

Christian was a former member of Hervey Bay, before joining the Barbarian club. Many of our members know Christian well as one of our successful competitors, who over the years broke many National and State records.

A few years ago, he took up training and competing in triathlons although he continued competing in pool events.  He was aiming to compete in a major event as an 80 year old in 2017. 

We pass on our condolences on behalf of the Masters Swimming community to his family and friends.

CLICK HERE to read MSQ's February e-newsletter.

South Australia

CLICK HERE to read the latest news from MSSA

Ian Young has beeen the OWS Co-ordinator over the 2015/16 season and a long term member of MSSA. CLICK HERE to read more about Ian.

Jenny Mulqueen achieves the magic Vorgee 3 Milliion Metres. CLICK HERE to read how she did it.


Platypus Press is the new media rag for MS Tasmania.

CLICK HERE for the latest edition.



CLICK HERE to read latest news from MSV.



Western Australia

Wendy Holtom has retired from MSWA earlier this year and MSWA welcomed Samantha Noall as the new Executive Officer.
CLICK HERE for more news from MSWA.

CLICK HERE for photos from the January 2016 Officials Workshop.

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FINA Magazine

FINA Magazine now reaches 1.6 million online readers worldwide who are able to follow the message of FINA six times a year on a free of charge, digital basis.

CLICK HERE to read the latest version of FINA Magazine.


Masters Swimming merchandise is available now. The next order will be placed in the first week of April.

CLICK HERE to view the range




CLICK HERE to visit Vorgee's website.

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Masters Swimming Australia
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