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Welcome to Spring!

Or as we like to say at Masters Swimming Australia (MSA) -
lets all 'Swim into Spring'

The new season for MSA is well and truly here – along with Spring. Should you need any motivation to re-join: consider these great 8 reasons why you should start Swimming into Spring   #swimintospring  You might also have friends who have been thinking about getting back into swimming, so feel free to share the link with them, to help get them into the water and into a Masters Club. MSA is using Swim into Spring to raise awareness of Masters Swimming clubs and opportunities. We encourage members to support their local clubs by promoting their events and using the #swimintospring hashtag.
Feel free to share our posts as well.

Upcoming National Meets & Events

MSNT SC Championships
8 - 11 October
Alice Spings
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WA LiveLighter 2016 All Club Challenge
15 - 16 October 
Perth
More Information
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2016 Pan Pacific Masters Games

4 - 6 November
Gold Coast
More Information

More meets & events:

2016 National Swim Series
The more meets you enter, the better the multiplier for your points. Eight meets make up the 2016 Swim Series and so far this year we have seen 5 successful meets hosted by MSV, MSNSW, MSA & MSV, MSTas and MSSA. But wait, there are still 3 more to go.
5 Meets completed - want to check out the results -  look no further: 

2017 National Championships
8 - 11 March 2017 
To be held at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Southport . 
For more info click HERE


2017 FINA Masters World Championships
4 - 13 August 2017 (TBC)
The 2017 FINA World Masters Championships are being held in Budapest, Hungary. The dates and final program has not been signed off by FINA, but we do know that four pools are being used for the Meet & the Organising Committee have published these dates. For more info click HERE or keep an eye on the FINA or Budapest websites.

Don't forget, MSA has proudly partnered IST (International Sports Tours) to provide a complete package to suit all your travel needs - start planning now - click HERE

 
MSA Thailand Training Camp 2017
11 - 18 June 2017
As the 2017 winter settles in Australia, join MSA’s swim training camp in tropical Phuket. Experienced adult swimming coach, Robert Butcher will assist you to attain your swimming goals. Whether you want to improve your stroke and swimming efficiency or have a goal to swim the English Channel -  this camp is for you. For more info: click HERE

 

Coaching and Technical News

Upcoming Masters Club Coaching Courses:
Are you contemplating becoming a Masters Swimming Coach or maybe you know someone who would like to - there are 4 courses coming up:
  • MSV - CC003/15, Richmond Pool - Sunday 23 October
  • MSNSW - CC005/16Yamba Community Heated Pool - Sunday 29 October
  • MSWA - CC007/16, HBF Stadium, Mt Claremont - Saturday 19 November 
  • MSSA - CC006/16, Westminster School - Sunday 4 December

NSW Coaching Forum:
15 October 3-4 pm - Woy Woy
This is the start of creating a network of coaches where ideas can be shared. Come along and be part of the coaching group! All are welcome – you do not have to be a qualified coach to attend. For more info click HERE


Masters Technical Update:
Phil Beames (National Technical Committee) has provided MSA with the latest Technical Updates - read all about Backstroke Ledges and Wetsuits in OWS Events – FINA rule change by clicking HERE
 
Branch News
MSSA SC State Cup wrap
The fifth 2016 National Swim Series Meet has been swum in SA!, Congratulations to the 11 Clubs who took part - nine from SA and two Clubs from Victoria. There were SA, Vic and national records broken. Want to read all about it - click HERE  
Read MSSA's newsletter HERE

MSNT
Not only is MSNT looking towards the MSNT SC Championships in October they also have their Interclub 3 event on 27 November. Check out MSNT's website for more information HERE

MSNSW Honoured with Sports Award
Congratulations to MSNSW for recently winning the NSW Sport Volunteer Management award in the State Sporting Organisation category. This is a wonderful achievement. They have also been very busy last month. Want to read more about MSNSW then click HERE

MSWA LiveLighter OW gets a revamp
LiveLighter State Open Water Swim is getting a revamp!!  MSWA are looking to invigorate and expand on this event and have decided to combine it with the very popular and successful Fremantle Ports Swim Thru event on Sat 10 December. Readt MSWA's newsletter HERE.

MSQ
Are busy busy busy getting ready for the Pan Pacific Masters Games in November and the 2017 National Championships in March. Want to keep up to date with all things National then subscribe to the National Newsletter HERE  Want to find out what else MSQ are doing then click HERE

MSV
A very successful Relay Championships were held on 25 September with the new initiative 'Battle of Divisions' being very popular - read about it HERE. Coming up this next month is the Glamourhead Sharks Interclub Meet (Including Trifle Competition & Ross Wallis Novelty Relay) and 2016 Kyabram LC 2 day meet. Want to read more about both these events and more click HERE

MSTAS
MSTAS 32nd SC Winter Championships were recently held over 2 days in Launceston on the 20 - 21 October and by all accounts it was a very successful event. You can look at the full results
HERE
Articles of Interest

Older athletes take longer to recover?

What do years of extensive training, competitive experience and years of talking with high level masters athletes from many sports tell Peter Reaburn PhD; that anecdotally they all say the same thing "the older I get the longer it takes to recover from training or racing or I don’t bounce back like I used to."
Peter's paper will answer the long asked question “Do older athletes take longer to recover?”
and look at  the implications for enhancing recovery for all masters athletes.
To read his paper click HERE

Peter Reaburn is an Associate Professor in exercise and sport science at CQUniversity. He has recently written the definitive book for masters athletes titled The Masters Athlete now in its second reprint and available hardcopy or in pdf format.



Latest online edition of the FINA Aquatics World Magazine
The fourth edition of the 2016 FINA Aquatics World Magazine is now online. This inspiring issue gives you an exclusive review of each disciplines after the Olympic Games in Rio. You will find articles on the stars who achieved wonderful results in the pool. Who were the top favourites, the nations to beat? You can find the answer in this edition, among other very popular columns, such as One Star, One Discipline, Family News, etc. Like their FB page for more updates. To read the magazine click HERE
CLUB & MEMBER NEWS:
Goodbye Hornsby Hello North Shore. 
North Shore Masters Swimming has emerged from Hornsby High Fins Masters Swimming. With many of their members swimming across the wider area they have made a change to better reflect their new goals and aspirations. Read more about them HERE
Coffs Harbour Masters Swim Club recently held a very successful open day and signed up two new members with more thinking seriously about it! Those keen to get in the water did timed swims and received feedback on where they might place nationally if interested-some were pleasantly surprised as they had thought they weren't good enough for Masters! This proved to be an experience too good not to share and Coffs encourages other clubs to give it a go. Congratulations! To read the full article click HERE

Stu Fitch - 20 Million reasons to smile
On 3 February 2016, Stu Fitch swam his 20 millionth metre at Parap Pool in Darwin. The occasion was marked at the monthly Darwin Stingers club meeting, by a special presentation of a trophy to the cheers of the Darwin Stingers including club president, Pat Moore and Branch President, Adrian Tonkin. The specially designed national trophy is topped by a globe of the world to reflect Stu's feat of having swum half way around the world in 24 years and 9 days. 
To read more about Stu's achievments click HERE
Volunteer Profile from WA
Congratulations to Claremont's Elena Nesci who not only took out the Perc Edwards Volunteer award, but also the Annual Service to MSWA award for 2015. Elena has a passion for swimming and it shows through everything she does for her club and MSWA.
Want to read more about Elena then click HERE
Congratulations to Deborah "Dory" Johns from Tuggeranong Masters in the ACT/MSNSW who successfully swam the English Channel as part of a team, 4 Seaables, coordinated by Chloe McCardel. They completed the 50.6 km swim in 13.44 hours. A huge achievement for all and what a wonderful way for Deborah to celebrate her 60th yr!
 

Vale Jack Matheson
9.11.1917 - 3.8.2016
The Masters Swimming world has lost one of it greats in August with the passing of Jack Matheson from
Shoalhaven Seahawks (MSNSW).
Jack was three months short of his 99th birthday.  
Jack was the oldest competitor in the 2013 Australian National Masters Swimming Championships held at SOPAC in Sydney - "You are never too old for Gold"
he was quoted as saying.  
To read more about his interesting life follow this LINK.
Vale John-William Steen
4.2.1923 - 23.9.2016
The Masters Swimming has lost another one of it's well-loved characaters. John-William had been training for months for last Saturday's world record attempt at the Warringah Aquatic Centre on Sydney’s north shore. The backstroker, who walked with a cane but glided in the water, was the oldest swimmer in a medley team with a combined age of 360. But Saturday's big race was not to be. To read more about John-William click HERE
Masters swimming Nationals 2017
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