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From the National Office
Dear Masters Member 
Our ongoing support to everyone in the swimming community, members, volunteers, their families, and friends. Thank you for all the hard work you are doing to ensure we keep connected and safe. 
With the Summer season fast approaching, many of us are divided by State Government restrictions and milestones. We soon hope to have a clearer picture of the roadmap back to swimming and competition. 
Last month, Masters Swimming Australia (MSA) conducted the 2021 Spring General Meeting which was held via Zoom. The agenda was full, and the day was spent discussing Management and Branch reports, motions, and strategic objectives. Overall, it was an opportunity to connect as a national group and acknowledge the progress that the organisation has made to date; and to thank our Staff, Branches, Committees and Volunteers for their commitment and dedication throughout the year. 
Although the last three (3) events of the 2021 Swim Series have been cancelled due to Covid-19, our Branches and Clubs have produced some fantastic swimming to date. We look forward to the OWS season commencing and all Branches returning to swimming. 
Wishing everyone good health, and those returning to the pool (or will do soon) please check out the MSA Member Portal for available resources "back to swimming" resources
Take Care,
Sarah Pisterman
MSA General Manager

Open Water Swimming Sub-committee nominations
MSA is seeking nominations from interested persons to form the Open Water Swimming National Sub-committee with the aim to develop rules for OWS that expand the range of water temperatures permitted by MSA for OWS events, and to identify the governance arrangements needed to oversee OWS. The Sub-committee will report to the National Board of Mangement. 
Please contact your Branch for Terms of Reference and Nomination Form (please note nominations need to be endorsed by your Branch and received by the National Office by
COB Friday 22 October 2021.)

National Swim Series update
Please note that although the last three (3) events of the National Swim Series were cancelled, there have been six (6) swims successfully conducted throughout the year. Stay tuned as we will be in touch with the results and awards of the Swim Series shortly.

Dual Sanctioned Events
To provide our members access to a wider range of meets than are currently available through the MSA swim competition program; MSA and Swimming Australia (SA) have established a protocol and a procedure to conduct swim meets that allow both MSA and SA members to participate as a member of their respective organisation at the one swim meet. Such a swim meet is called a dual sanctioned swim meet. If there is a SA meet coming up and you would like to enter as a MSA swimmer, please contact your local Branch for more information.
MSA Security Breach
On Monday 20 September, there was a security breach with members receiving a scam email from the gm@mastersswimming.org.au email address. As a result, MSA responded immediately with our cybersecurity partner to remove any malware from our systems. 
 If you have received such an email please delete it!
Insurance
MSA has appointed Marsh for many years as their insurance broker of choice to arrange and implement an insurance program for clubs, coaches, and members. We have been working together on a dedicated page on the Marsh website that displays Claim Forms, Policy documents and FAQ’s. Clubs can also request their Certificate of Currency via the website. Please note Interested Parties Certificates still need to be requested via the National Office.
Visit the MSA page
Million Metres App 
We are developing an App to make it easier for members to record their swimming distances. The App will be downloadable on your phone and you can browse your member information and record each swim from pool deck. Watch this space for more updates.

National Coaching Education Coordinator
We are looking for an enthusiastic professional to join our team as a National Coach Education Coordinator. This role will support the growth of the online coach education course and maintain  the professional quality and national standard of the Club Coach Accreditation program. The role will begin as a 6 month contract at approx. 0.25 FTE hours per week remotely . Further information will be available shortly. Please contact admin@mastersswimming.org.au if you have any enquiries.
Masters Online Coaching Courses
The success of the Masters Online Club Coaching Course has created the opportunity for potential coaches across Australia, to complete part of their training when and wherever they want. The online delivery allows for various pathways for those to become an Accredited MSA Club Coach, complete a Re-accreditation, enroll in the Club Coach Course as part of ongoing Professional Development or as a Bridging Course through the new fully integrated Online learning platform.
Visit our Coaching page on our website for more information or to get started.

Postal Swims
Wanting to get some swimming in - why not try one of the great Postal Swims on offer. You may not realise but MSA Postal Swims are run by Clubs so what a better way than support each other and swim at the same time. 
You can still enter the Baddaginnie Animal Postal Swim and the Tuggeranong Trifecta as both have been extended to 31 December 2021.
Baddaginnie Animal Postal Swim: Unleash the animal within by swimming the following 5 events in one day 200m Fly, 200m Back, 200m Breast, 400m IM and 800m Free

Tuggeranong Trifecta: Three swims, each in a different stroke: 400m, 800m, 1500m
Around the Branches
Masters Swimming New South Wales

Remember your love of swimming and why you swim.

This week outdoor pools across NSW (with Covid Safety Plans) could reopen. Anne Smyth, MSNSW Branch Coaching Director (& NCC member), provided members with tips on how to safely recommence swimming:  Remember your love of swimming & why you swim; Swim for the joy of swimming. Remember how it feels to slide through the water and forget your worries; Swim for your mental health; Swim for socialising - enjoy catching up again with your swimming friends and  Going fast and hitting those times will come again in time.
As you look forward to returning to the pool, here are some things to remember:
• It must be gradual
• Don’t be too hard on yourself
• Set small goals
• Don’t use the clock for first few sessions!
Happy swimming!
Anne

image: Blacktown workout from the MSNSW Virtual Meet in August

Masters Swimming Northern Territory

Things are booming in the Top End but are still quiet in the centre

Darwin Stingers Club continues to grow at a great pace – 17 new members in the last month for a total of 173, ranging in age from 18 to 92.  It is now the largest club in Australia and provides 14 squad training sessions per week that aim to cater for differing interests, ability and availability plus one E1000 session. The open water season has finished and the club’s competitive focus is now on relay events in Swimming NT carnivals. The annual trip to Singapore for the Singapore Masters’ Championships is unfortunately not on again because of COVID 19 but fingers are crossed for 2022.
image: Darwin Stingers at the JAYTEX CONSTRUCTION NIGHTCLIFF INVITATIONAL

Masters Swimming Queensland

September has been a busy month of swimming in Queensland

With the fear of further lockdowns always a concern, MSQ has been very fortunate to have held two successful interclub meets. The first was the inaugural Belgravia Masters Meet, held 9 September at the Burpengary Regional Aquatic Centre. Neil Newman and the Belgravia Masters team were proud and excited to host their first swim meet at their fabulous indoor 50m venue, and hope this will be a regular venue on the MSQ schedule in the future. Read more of what has been happening in the Sunshine State.
image: Belgravia Masters team at their inaugural meet

Masters Swimming Tasmania

The Devilish Approach to Breaking Down Barriers

One of the more common refusals Marilyn (Maz) Brack hears from pool patrons when they are invited to join her Devonport Devils club is “I’m not good enough to be a Masters Swimmer”. So, she decided to look at how she could dispel what we all know as a masterly myth AND she chose to only use Facebook to discredit this myth. Want to know more then check out the latest edition of the Platypus Press
image: A few of Devonport members showing off their new Turtles T-shirts

Masters Swimming South Australia

Welcomes the 2021-22 Open Water Series 

Atlantis Masters welcomes all to the Seacliff Open Water Swim. This is the first swim in Masters Swimming SA Series for 2021-22.
Checkout the MSSA website and facebook page for the events


image: off MSSA facebook page

Masters Swimming Victoria

Are you looking to boost your training during lockdown? 💪
MSV has been collaborating with Swimming Victoria and other Victorian Sporting Associations and one great initiative is ‘Coach Swap‘ which is a program that aims to motivate members to get active and try something new. In Week 1 MSV reached out to Coach Jason Bryce (Melbourne Open Water – Masters Club) who gave some great information about how to get into the OW if you have never tried it or have been hesitant to give it a go.
Checkout their submission in Week 1 - MSV Open Water Swimming - Temperature Guide
They also teamed up with SV and Water Polo Victoria to bring members training resources to keep you active and motivated. 
Dryland swim training presented by Swimnastics in collaboration with Swimming Victoria
Dryland training presented by Melbourne Surge Water Polo
Make sure you check out Week 2 and Week's 3-4 will be available on MSV website soon. 

image: Some intrepid Surrey Park Seahorse members enjoying the new 15km restrictions - ps the water temp (13°) was actually very bearable (with a hood).

Masters Swimming Western Australia

Live_Lighter Couch to 2k

MSWA congratulates these four legends who recently completed the Live_Lighter Couch to 2k at HBF Stadium! 💪
Many of MSWA swimmers from the 4-week program will be joining their local Masters Swimming club soon! 

The next Couch to 2k with Kareena Preston is set to take place at Cockburn ARC in November. Check out MSWA latest newsletter HERE.

image: off MSWA facebook page

MSA encourages and supports members to get vaccinated if they can. If you are concerned please chat to your Doctor or a Medical Professional.

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