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We hope you enjoy MSA's December E-newsletter.
(the last one for 2017)
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Presidents Christmas Message:
On behalf of all five members of your National Board of Management, I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. 
We are looking forward to a great 2018 in the Masters swimming world.  We have a whole summer season with the open water swimming already under way around the country, lots of club and Branch pool events have been planned and what is shaping up to be a fabulous National Championship Meet in Perth at the end of April. 
So! Lots of swimming to enjoy! In the meantime, stay fit and have a wonderful Christmas with family and loved ones.
 
Gerry Tucker 
President 
December 2017
From the National Office:
In October the dedicated National Board of Management and Delegates met in Melbourne for the Spring General Meeting to discuss a range of topics. We were lucky to get a photo of them all. The National Board of Management below on the left and Delegates on the right. We in the office wish our Board of Management and our Delegates a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The MSA office will be shut from Friday 22 December 2017 and will re-open Wednesday 3 January 2018. We wish you all a wonderful and safe festive season full of great swims.  We look forward to working with you all in 2018.

Now if only it was warm enough to wear this top this Christmas!!!
MASTERS SWIMMING UPDATES:
There have been some changes and updates happening in the Masters Swimming World.  We have complied a list of the following 3 updates:
  • Fina introduced a range of rule changes to the Swimming Rules in September 2017. 
  • Member Protection Policy
  • Long Distance Dedicated Webpage
  • 2017 – 2018 MSA National Committees
     
MSA Championships and Meets:
2017 SWIM SERIES RESULTS
There was a wonderful dedicated group of 680 Women & 641 Men registered in the 2017 MSA Swim Series, a total of 1321 swimmers across Australia. The Top Ten of all age groups are in the RESULTS PORTAL for your reference. 
John Cocks (VMV) has won his age group (M80 – 84) for the fourth consecutive year and topped the points table for a second year.
Dorothy Dickey (VDC) has won her age group (F85-89) for the third consecutive year.
The winners were spread across five Branches with the Victorians repeating their efforts as the most traveled swimmers.
MSV - 15 winners     NSW – 10 winners    WA – 4 winners       Qld – 2 winners       NT – 1 winner

Congratulations to all the Winners of their Age groups below.
Name Club's Age group Total Meets Award Points
AYAKO TAKIMOTO VPP F18-24 4 4109
JACINTA HUMPHREY VHM,VPP F25-29 3 3142
ALISON SAKUROVS NMR F30-34 2 1344
KRISTY BRACKSTONE WCM F35-39 2 1632
NICKY KERR VMV F40-44 2 1350
KYLIE WOODS NBR F45-49 4 2938
KATRINA BURGESS NTN,WRV F50-54 3 3389
CAROLINE CLARKSON VDC F55-59 4 3236
DEE SHEFFRIN VDC F60-64 3 2785
MARGIE MOORE VDC F65-69 3 1952
PATRICIA BAKER VMV F70-74 3 2773
GERDA WILLIAMS CDW,WMH F75-79 2 1789
ALICE KINNAIRD VFR F80-84 3 2989
DOROTHY DICKEY VDC F85-89 3 3164
VALERIE LINCOLN NGS F90-94 2 834
DANIEL THOMPSON VMV M18-24 3 3276
DARIUS SCHULTZ VPP M25-29 3 4155
NATHAN CHENCO VPP M30-34 2 1457
STEPHEN CRONK VPP M35-39 2 1877
DAMIEN EYRE WCM,WRV M40-44 2 1607
JOHN MCKAIG QLT M45-49 3 3742
GREG LEWIN NRY M50-54 5 5329
BRIAN MAY NMA M55-59 2 1502
ALAN GODFREY VGS,VPP M60-64 4 5764
STUART ELLICOTT NHS M65-69 3 4313
PAUL WYATT NCR M70-74 4 7243
BRIAN DAVIS QMM,VMV M75-79 4 2225
JOHN COCKS VMV M80-84 5 9245
BILL WALKER NNC M85-89 2 519
OSSIE DOHERTY NWG M90-94 2 731

2018 SWIM SERIES - get planning NOW!
Feeling inspired by the list of winners above then start booking your flights and accommodation now for the great range of Meets planned  for the 2018 MSA SWIM SERIES. It rewards members’ participation and performance in any of the Meets, with members only needing to swim two meets to be eligible for prizes.  The more Meets you enter, the better the multiplier for your points. Start booking your flights and accommodation NOW!

Meet Host  Dates 
2018 MSQ State Championships LC & SC MSQ  14 - 17 March
MSV LC Championships MSV 8 April
2018 MSA National Championships (LC) MSA/MSWA 18 - 21 April
Stadium Masters LiveLighter Carnival (LC) MSWA 20 May
MS Tasmania Winter Championships (SC) MST  18 - 19 August
MSSA SC State Championships  MSSA  23 September
MSNSW SC Championships  MSNSW 13 - 14 October
Alice Springs Masters Games (LC) and Branch LC Championships  MSNT 13 - 16 October
 
2018 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PERTH
At time of print there are over 100 caps already sold - do not miss out on N18 Special Early Bird Offer  Be one of the first 200 swimmers to register for the meet and you will receive a FREE LIMITED EDITION BLACK N18 Swim Cap. These limited edition souvenirs are going to be the envy of your friends.


2018 PPMG on the GOLD COAST
Entries close: 12 October 2018 
The program is now online - so get planning.
2018 MSA THAILAND SWIM CAMP
It is not too early to start thinking about ways to escape Winter next year - MSA are again offering a great opportunity to head to Thailand for the 2018 for the MSA SWIM CAMP 10 - 17 June 2018 with coach Alan Godfrey. Our first MSA SWIM CAMP at Thanyapura Sports Resort, Phuket, Thailand was held in June this year. There were 15 participants and by all accounts it was a wonderful success and not something to miss out on in 2018. Read a great wrap of the camp by Maciej Slugocki HERE
2018 POSTAL SWIMS
We are excited to welcome back the following Postal Swims for 2018:
  • Wests Auburn 5000m Turtle Swim 2018
  • Baddaginnie Animal Swim
  • Bunbury 2018 Winter 3 x 400m Postal Swim
  • Tuggeranong Trifecta 2018
  • Swimming Up Hills 2018
And we welcome a new one - Swim 1500 in July (Toowoomba Tadpoles - more details to come)
Interested in taking part in one of the Postal Swims but not sure what they are like then read Heather Butlers great story about five intrepid “Ducks” from Albany Creek Masters Swimming Club (Brisbane) taking on Swimming Up Hills 2017. HERE
What MSA swimmers have been up to:
Masters Swimmers successful Fina World Records
MSA members are often successful on the World stage in breaking World Records and being listed in the Top 10 in their age group in the World. In 2017 there were FOUR swimmers who broke WR’s –Tony Goodwin x 9, Linley Frame x 3; Helen Bird x 2; Clary Munns x 1. The certificates for these achievements are given to the Branch for presentation to the winner at a suitable Branch occasion.
Left is Linley Frame with 2 of her World Record certificates.

Tony Goodwin wins 2017 NSW Masters Athlete of the Year
Congratulations to Manly Masters (MSNSW) member, Tony Goodwin who was named the 2017 NSW Masters Athlete of the Year at Sport NSW Awards Night on Monday November 27.

Triple Crown for Dr Victoria Fox
Dr Victoria Cox, an Adelaide Masters Member, is a 27-year-old Australian open water swimmer and Oxford-based researcher who achieved the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in 2 months and 2 days in August-September this year.
Bratton bringing the Gold.
At the age of 71, most people would consider themselves too old to begin competitive sport. However, having recently turned 71, Yass resident Joan Bratton is three years into her renewed swimming career and loving it. 
 
Masters swimmers star in heavy medal show
Helmut Klein has continued his warpath through Australian masters swimming competitions, returning with a swag of medals from the NSW Short Course State Championships and Australian Masters Games.But this time he was not alone, with fellow Clarence River Masters Swim Club member Jim Wheeler also medalling at the national event in Launceston. Great work!
 
Congratulations to the following Million Metres recipients:
One Million: Sue Lyon
Two Million: Alison Green, Andrea Hutchinson, Ashley Chaplin, Jenna Freeman, Kerryn Blanch, Lesley Gould, Margaret Sadow and Matthew Cranley 
Three Million: Neil Thies 
Four Million: Jamie Turner and Peter Kaupert 
Five Million: Brian Hall, Steve Richards and Steve Muir
Volunteer of the Month:
JOHN POLLOCK - MSNT
This month we celebrate John Pollock who after becoming the first Chairman of the National Swim Meets Committee in 2003 has stood down this year in September 2017. We thank John for his dedication to the role and to Masters Swimming.
Read all about the National Swim Meets Committee and about John HERE.
With Deep Sadness:
We at MSA are saddened by the recent passing of some long-time and passionate Masters Swimming members. We celebrate their lives with you all.
Vale Don Coupe
On 28 September 2017 the Masters Swimming community and Gippsland Flippers lost a very dear fellow Flipper, former President, mentor and wonderful friend, Don Coupe.
Don was an active member and a Life Member of the Gippsland Flippers and attended many masters competitions around Australia and the world. He was a Life Member of both the former Yallourn Swimming Club, and of the Moe Amateur Swimming Club. Please take the time to read the lovely tribute from the Flippers to Don. Our thoughts are with Margaret andDon's family and friends.

 
Vale Jennie Mack
Well-known Mackay woman Jennie Mack lost a long battle against melanoma on October 14. Her partner Geoff Robinson wrote a heartfelt tribute to a woman who "loved life” and gave much time and energy to sport, cultural activities and community affairs. Jennie was not only involved in Masters Swimming, but she was also an active competitor in Surf Life Saving. She and Geoff lived in Mackay, where they were originally members of Mackay Mantas before joining the North Mackay Sinkers. Our thoughts are with Geoff and her family and friends.
Vale Ken Phillips
It is with great sadness that Mandurah Masters, MSWA & MSA recognises the passing of Mandurah Masters member Ken Phillips. Ken's contribution to Masters Swimming WA through his technical expertise and endless hours of volunteering on pool deck will be deeply missed. Ken was a life member of Mandurah Masters and he was the WA Technical education officer from 2011 till 2015. Ken also won the National Technical Officer for 2016. Our thoughts are with his wife Gerda and their family. There are some great images from Ken's beach tribute HERE
Branch News:
MSNSW
MSNSW recently welcomed Kim Back who has started in the MSNSW office as Marketing/Communications Coordinator. We look forward to working closely with her. Now are you wanting to plan your 2018 and need some inspiration then look no further - HERE

MSNT 
They have been busy up in the Territory and have had a very interesting and also challenging year. Read all about 2017 HERE and all about their trip to the Singapore Masters Games HERE

MSSA
MSSA have been busy with their End of Year Presentation, OWS Workshops and the start of their Open Water Season. HERE

MST
Once again you cannot go past the Platypus Press for a great read about what MST swimmers and volunteers have been doing all year.

MSQ
MSQ have got their extensive calendar of events on their website - so check it out and get your diaries out and join in. HERE

MSV
It has been a great year at MSV and they are looking forward to some great Meets planned and especially the OW Season with the Great Victorian Swim Series kicking off. Read more HERE

MSWA
There has been some changes at MSWA - We Wish Executive Officer Sam Naoll all the best in her new job. Read all about MSWA
Resources:

Take Your Mark
Mark Morgan is a Masters coach/swimmer in Sydney who is writing blogs for the 2018 Nationals Facebook page. He is also sharing these "Take Your Mark" columns with the broader Masters swimming community. Mark Morgan has written a series of ‘blogs’ or columns for the 2018 Masters Nationals Facebook page and on MSA's website. These have been written to help swimmers prepare for 2018 Nationals, to help you swim at your best at meets and to help you appreciate your swimming more. 

Improve 100m Freestyle Times by Two Different Warm-Ups
Peter Reaburn is a Professor in exercise and sport science at BondUniversity. He has recently written the definitive book for masters athletes titled The Masters Athlete

With the holidays coming up there is some great reading in the latest 2 Fina Magazines and the Touchline Magazine:
Fina Magazine 2017 - 05
Fina Magazine 2017 - 06
Touchline Magazine

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