June 2016 Edition

Quarterly Wrap-Up 

Autumn 2016 has been very busy all over Australia for Masters Swimming. The National Championships were successfully delivered by Masters Swimming Victoria at MSAC in April. The Open Water Swimming season wrapped up with many Masters Members taking podium positions and many more discovering the fun in taking part in these community events.

Awards from 2015 were presented at the Presentation Function following the Nationals and Gerry Tucker was honoured with a Masters Swimming Australia Life Member award. Scroll down for more on Gerry. 

There's LOTS of news to share with you... so here we go! 

2016 MSA National Championships & National Record


As anticipated, the 2016 Masters Swimming National Championships was a wonderful success with recording breaking entries. Events were held over four days at MSAC in Albert Park Victoria, with many personal bests and new records made. 

April was a great month for setting records – 13 relay records and 75 individual National Records were set during the 4 weeks.

Of special note (exceptional achievements) were the results for

Paul Wyatt from Coogee-Randwick who set 10 national records in the 70 – 74 years

Leigh Rodgers from Malvern Marlins who set 8 in the 60 – 64 years

And Clary Munns from Blacktown City who set 5 in the 70 – 74 years

For a quick overview and more results from the 2016 National Championships CLICK HERE to visit the website.

Research Survey

Peter Reaburn, founding and Life Member of Miami Masters is continuing to provide relevant research with a team at CQUniversity, and requires 10 minutes of your time.

Are you over 35 years of age and use nutrional supplements? Your help is required to complete a university survey. Click here for more information. 

*Survey closes Sunday 12th June. 

Coach of the Year & Official of the Year

Katya Anderson from the Superfins Club in WA was named the 2015 Coach of the Year for her work as the Head Coach of the Superfins squad which is made up of physically and intellectually disabled swimmers with a broad range of abilities. To see her full story click here

Ken Phillips was recognised for his outstanding efforts and rightly received MSA's 2015 Official of Year. Ken is regarded a very valuable asset to MSA and we're honoured to recognise his work. Hailing from Mandurah Masters Swimming Club WA, Ken covers many roles at swim meets and in educating and mentoring trainee officials throughout 2015. We love Ken’s sense of fair play, his encouragement of participation, and incredible personal skills.  

2017 MSA National Championships


The 42nd Masters Swimming Australia Championships will be hosted by Queensland.  The event will take place at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Southport from 8 - 11 March 2017.

Lots of information is already available - visit MSQ's wesbite for details, including the brochure and very exciting program.


Volunteer Profile


We've got so many amazing volunteers its hard to pick just 1, so instead we picked 3! 

Many would agree that the 2016 MSA National Champs would not have gone so smoothly if it wasn't for the assistance of many, many wonderful volunters, but also in particular 3 extraordinary ladies, Lee Chaplin, Julie Johnston Jan Williams. See their story here .

2016 Pan Pacific Masters Games


QLD is set to hold the 2016 Pan Pacific Masters Games from the 4-6th November 2016, at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Southport. 

The program has been published, but for more information visit the MSQ website

Be sure to visit the PPMG website to enter, with entries closing 14th October.

Vorgee Million Metres Program


We've been over the moon with the amount of applications for the Vorgee Million Metres Club this year. With many members reaching their first 1 Million Metres milestone, we've also had 4 extraordinary feats with Stu Fitch becoming our first member to reach a whopping 20 Million Metres, Diana Fabijan joining the 15 Million Metres Club, and Helen Holmes & Sandra Mutch both reaching the Vorgee 7 Million Metres Club

A special delivery was also made to the UK to deliver Andy Dickson's 5 Million Metre award. Read about it here

For the full list of new recruits be sure to head over to the website
CLICK HERE to download your Million Metres recording sheet or application form.
The next Million Metres due date is 1st August 2016.

Warm Welcomes and Well Wishes!


MSA is always excited to welcome new members, clubs and officials. 

We'd like to welcome back the Devonport Devils Masters Swimming Club in Tasmania, keep up to date by visiting their Facebook page here

A very warm welcome is also in order for MSSA President Tom Bland. Former president Robert Harris handed over the reigns; see the full story here

In Western Australia, we wish Susan Kempson all the best with her new twin boys, and welcome Wendy Holtom to the National Board. We also welcome Fiona Wilkins as a new MSWA delegate. Click here to see more about these wonderful women. 

We thank Pauline Samson (Tas) & Rob Harris (SA) for their valuable time spent as state delegates and wish them all the best on their future endevours. Read about these superb people here

Coaching Corner

Weight training... could it make you live longer?

By Peter Reaburn PhD

Peter has produced a wonderful summary surrounding weight training and the impacts that it has on older bodies. A very beneficial read, make sure you spare a few minutes to read it here

Technical Corner: Rule Infractions from Nationals

Life Member

Masters Swimming Australia was pleased to present Gerry Tucker a Life Member award at the Presentation Function following the 2016 National Championships in Melbourne. 

Gerry has been the Finance Director of Masters Swimming Australia since May 2007 until present. View our full story on Gerry here.

Events Calendar 


Upcoming Masters Events

(see the full list here)

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 / ACT

3 ACT Clubs, Tuggeranong Masters, Molonglo Water Dragons & Ginninderra Marlins have banded together to produce a wonderful opportunity for local ACT residents. Pooling together their club information & resources, these wonderful clubs have compiled a flyer showing off what Masters Swimming has to offer. Love your work ACT!


Northern Territory

MSNT is gearing up for the 2016 Alice Springs Masters Games & MSNT Short Course Championships from the 8-15th October.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Great results from the Lake Argyle Swim too - read about the Stinger's strong placings here


MSQ continues to provide a jam-packed year of events, with Pan Pacs upon us very shortly. 

CLICK HERE for a full list of events happening in QLD. 

South Australia

CLICK HERE to read the latest news from MSSA, including info regarding the new president, 2016 Long Course State Cup, the Interclub Series & more. 

MSA National Swim Series #5 MSSA SC State Cup entry form is available here





A special delivery was made from Tasmania BranchDelegate to the National Board, Maciej Slugocki to the UK to deliver Andy Dickson's 5 Million Metre award. Read about it here




NEW DATE for MSV Club Coach Course is scheduled for the 31st July, pending on enrolments. For more information click here.




Western Australia

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Masters Swimming Australia
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