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Greetings from the President:
Welcome to the Spring edition of the MSA eNews. 

Much has happened since our last eNews during last winter.

At the end of June, we farewelled Noeleen Dix after more than 10 years of fabulous service to our Organisation.The National Board and the Branch Delegates will be thanking Noeleen at a farewell dinner for her during the Spring General Meeting weekend later in October. We are all indebted to Noeleen for her wonderful contribution our organisation. 

Since then, we have welcomed Sarah Pisterman to MSA as our new GM who, in the first couple of months with us, is doing a grand job in taking over from Noeleen. It has been a baptism of fire for Sarah, as, amongst other commitments, she has had to set up and run both the Administrators’ workshop, held earlier in September, and now, the Spring General Meeting at the end of this month.I am delighted to have Sarah on board with us. I know those who have already been in touch with Sarah, will know that she is a pleasure to work with.

The MSA leadership group (made up of the National Board and the Branch Presidents) has plenty on at the moment with the development of our next strategic plan for 2020-2023.  With the Federal and State Governments continuing to press all sporting organisations around the country to realign themselves to meet the needs of our population in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the time is ripe for us to develop a plan that will put us in the forefront of opportunities to grow Masters Swimming in ways that we have not considered in the past.  

There are so many recreational swimmers out there who may find that Masters Swimming is just what they need to improve their swimming/lifestyle/ health and friendships.In partnership with Swimming Australia, we just may be able to offer them what they are looking for to sustain their  aquatic activities throughout their lives.

In late September, all our Branch Administrators came together for our annual  Administrators’ workshop. I attended most of the workshop and I can report that it was, once again, a resounding success.The program was ably led by Sarah and supported by excellent presentations by Matthew Kennedy (Swimming Australia) and Sue Kelsall (Rapid Impact) on the strategic plan. Other guest speakers included Michelle Doyle (CEO of Swimming South Australia), on member registration systems, Lisa Newman-Morris (Member Services at Swimming Australia) on coaching courses and Sarah Dowds (from Marsh Advantage) about our insurance. In addition, the participants had time to talk about the activities and initiatives in their Branches and share what is working for them at home. Two days together, well spent! 

In early August, we had close to one hundred of our members travel to Gwangju in South Korea to participate in the FINA 2019 World Masters Swimming Championships. We had some remarkable results over there, most of which have been published elsewhere in our media outlets. Lots of medals came home to Australia, both in the pool and in the open water.  PB’s too for many, and some great club relay wins and places.  

Once again, I would like to thank all the volunteers that make this Organisation of ours go round so successfully. For the promotion you do, the support you provide and services that you deliver to our members, thank you all very much.

Gerry Tucker
11 October 2019

From the National Office:
Welcome Sarah!
"Today, I’m excited to introduce myself to the dedicated and passionate Masters Swimmers' of Australia. I look forward to helping educate swimmers of the values of being affiliated with a Masters swimming club and help grow the MSA profile".
Sarah comes from a list of leadership roles with in the Sport & Consumer Products Industry, specialising in Commercial Partnerships, Sponsorship and Licensing, to name a few. Sarah has hit the ground running as you have read above and can see below. All of us at MSA wish sarah all the best in her new role as GM.
The 11th MSA Admin Workshop was held 24-25 September in St Kilda. This is a fantastic chance for the Branch Administrators /Secretary to come together to work together in a supportive team environment (You might not realise that most Administrators work on their own!), problem solve and plan for the future. This one was also a great chance to meet the new MSA GM Sarah Pisterman and the new MST Branch Secretary Tony Forman.
The main focus for the 2 days was looking at Brand Applications, Key Messages, Membership, Trends, Sponsors & Partnerships, Technology, the Major Projects that MSA and Swimming Australia are currently working on, Strategic Planning and Insurance plus any other issues that Administrators would like to discuss. Thank you to the time everyone put into making this another great success and to the Branches for appreciating how important it is for us all to come together once a year.
Back row: Christina Scolaro MSQ, Sarah Pisterman, GM MSA, Jillian Pateman MSNSW, Tony Forman MST, Sophie Rowe MSWA, Gerry Tucker, President MSA, John Pollock MSNT. Front row: Kath Davis MSA/MSV, Leanne Beames MSSA.
Upcoming Meets and Events:
With only one swim left the race to win is getting fierce. Who will take home the number one spot in their Age Groups? Will we see someone enter all 8 Meets? MSNSW held their Meet on the 12-13 October. Good luck to all who will be swimming in Adelaide for the last of this years swim Series at the 2019 SC Championships  on the 20 October.
Check out the MSA Swim Series

MST LCLD Championships
30 November 2019
This meet is being held at the Hobart Aquatic Centre. This meet may be the last time this year that you can swim 1500, 800 and 400m events in AOE conditions so dont miss out.
Entries close 23 Nov.

NZ Masters Games
1-9 February 2020

Held yearly, the event alternates between Whanganui and Dunedin and in 2020 will be held in the beautiful South Island in Dunedin. A great chance to travel and do what you love - swimming.
Melbourne 2020 IGLA Games
20 - 25 February 2020
IGLA is the world’s foremost international organisation solely devoted to developing and promoting gay and lesbian swimming, water polo, diving, and synchronised swimming. Melbourne2020 is proudly hosted by two of Melbourne’s premier aquatics teams; the Glamourhead Sharks and Melbourne Surge.
National Championships Sydney 2020
15 - 19 April 2020
Entries are now OPEN for the 2020 MSA National Championships to be held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre and the Open Water Swim at Lake Parramatta. The Canada Bay Club on the shores of the Parramatta River is the venue for the Official Presentation Dinner to be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2020. ENTER NOW!
Fina World Masters Championships

The 18th Fina World Masters Championships were held in Gwangju 5-18 August 2019. The OW swimming took place on the 9 August with the Pool swimming taking place from the 12-18 August. There were about 4,000 aquatic sports enthusiasts across five of FINA's six disciplines (swimming, open water swimming, diving, water polo and artistic swimming)  Swimming topped the ranks with 9,500 entries from 1,024 Clubs.

There were 94 Registered MSA members with 1 late withdrawal due to illness from 39 Clubs.  MSA Members did themselves proud in Gwangju with Individual swimmers taking home an incredible 122 medals: 45 Gold medals, 42 Silver medals and 35 Bronze medals. Jon Hawton (Seaside Pirates) and Patrick Galvin (Malvern Marlins) both broke Championship Records. The Relay teams also showed their swimming class in the pool with 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze. The Malvern Marlins A team of Patrick Galvin. Tony Goodwin, Gerry Tucker and John Cocks and the Malvern Marlins B team of Patrick Galvin, John Cocks, Tony Goodwin and Gerry Tucker broke Championship Records. There were some personal bests and from all accounts MSA swimmers had a great time in and out of the water. Well done EVERYONE!
Malvern Marlins Gold Medal & Championship Record winners celebrating Tony Goodwin (Gwangju 2019 Masters Ambassador), Gerry Tucker (MSA President) Patrick Galvin and John Cocks
Tubby Ramsay from Atlantis with one of his medals he won at the 2019 FINA World Masters Championships in Gwangju in August.
Gold Medal and Championship Record Winner Jon Hawton (Seaside Pirates)
International Sports Tours has been organising trips to the Fina Masters World Championships since 1996 (Sheffield). Here is the intrepid group post tour.
Thank you Tony Goodwin
(Gwangju 2019 Masters Ambassador)

Tony Goodwin won the role of the Australian Gwangju 2019 Masters Ambassador. Tony a Manly Masters and Malvern Marlins member worked closely with Kath Davis MSA Administrator to create a blog on the MSA website and provided 14 well timed and informative articles on South Korea.
He covered everything from what food to expect in South Korea to the Fina payment process, when registrations opened and how to get around Gwangju. Tony set up a desk at the MSA 2019 National Championships in SA in March to meet and chat with any MSA members planning on travelling to Gwangju. He shared information through his own Social networks, with the MSA FB and with a FB group set-up by the National Office specifically for MSA swimmers heading to Gwangju. The National Office found this to be a very easy process of information sharing and is hoping Fina will again appoint Ambassadors for future World Masters Championships. Thank you Tony!
2019 Postal Swims
In 2019 we are excited to have 7 Postal swims in total for you to enter: Some are old favs that just keep getting better and better, we have another one back after a successful inaugural year last year and we introduce a brand new Swim that runs for the whole year. There is something for everyone.
2020 MSA Thailand Camp
We are excited to announce the dates for the 2020 MSA Swim Camp
8-15 June 2020
This camp is for EVERYONE and we want to make the 4th Camp even bigger and better next year. To register your interest contact MSA or Gina at Cousins. Let Gina do all the 'work' for you with getting you to Thailand and you have to do is sit back and swim, eat, swim, relax, get pampered and swim. Need we say more.
Want to know more then check out a great video from one of the 2019 attendees Rhondelle Ollett
VORGEE Million Metres
The Vorgee Million Metres Awards acknowledge progress from the “learn to swim” beginner to the distance swimmer.  Congratulations to the latest round of Million Metres swimmers:
One Million - Paul Mayberry, Peter Duggan, Richard Philips, Jenny Hockey and Donna Campbell
Two Million - Jo Matthes and John Collis
Three Million - Peter Lord and Graeme Williams
Four Million - Sally Hatcher
Five Million - Bob Tarr and Theresa Elliot
Peter Cain from the Cairns Clams has swum 15 Million Metres
Leonie Crompton of Twin Towns receiving her 1 Million Metres from  MSQ VP South, Susanne Milenkovich
Adrian Tonkin - Darwin Stingers and his 5 Million Metres Award.
Leanne Da Costa - Coffs Harbour and her 1 Million Metres Award
Coaching, Technical and Resources
Australia has always been known as a great sporting nation – a country that glows with health and vitality. But lately, things have changed. Find Your 30 - Sport Australia is all about finding practical ways in which anyone can work half an hour of activity into their day. There are simple solutions, like walking the extra block to work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and getting the whole family active together. Checkout the website for some great resources.
Celebrating our Wonderful Volunteers:
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Branch News:
Here you can read about what has been ahppening in the Branches over the last few months.

MSNSW are hosting an Open Water swim Event at Lake Parramatta as they prepare for the National in April 2020. 

MSNT have some of their swimmers busy training for the Singapore Maters 2019 in November and they have one of the best Coaching backdrops.

MSSA are always busy in South Australia and these last few months have been no exception. Read their newsletter about what they are up to and while you are at it listen to our own Administrating 'legend' Leanne Beames being interviewed for the Australian Masters Games, 

MST have been so busy so far in 2019 that they have just now been able to publish their informative Platypus Press and it is a GREAT read. Check out their gorgeous new medals too!

MSQ have had another 3 new clubs sign up in August and have 2 more showing interest - that makes 9 New clubs in the last 2 years. 

MSV swimmers are about to jump into the Open Water Season with the Great Victorian Swim Series about to kick off.

MSWA are partnering with Injury Matters who deliver the Department of Health funded Stay On Your Feet® program, which provides information and resources for older adults, their friends, family and health professionals to prevent slips, trips and falls. 
Member & Club News/Resources
Here we celebrate our Clubs and members. If you have any articles from your local papers or news to share please send to MSA. We alos will be sharing any respurces

Blacktown Masters - Blacktown Advocate Wednesday 3/07/2019

Busselton Masters Swimming Club Super Fish - Busselton Dunsborough Mail 24/09/19

Darwin Stingers - Super Nita a star for the ages - NT News 25/09/19

‘It’s is in my blood’. An insight into the world of masters swimming from a mum of two - Suzie Haddad

Launceston Mega Swim - the clubs 5th time they have completed the 24 hour fundraising swim
MSA Life Member - Gary Stutsel  - Gold Medal Gary is still in the swim at 80

MSA Life Member John Pugh - Masterful performance gets rewarded 

Noeleen Dix (AM) legacy in Sport 

Noosa Masters 20 Year Memberships

The Pool - A two-part series evoking deep nostalgia and childhood memories, looking at Australian identity through the prism of the pool, celebrating sacred spaces from the billabong, to public, ocean, backyard, motel and Olympic pools.

From building strength to making friends, these are the health benefits of swimming - ABC 9 October 2018  By Sophie Kesteven

CEO Podcast - Swimming Australia Leigh Russell
Immerse yourself in pink this October to support the #NBCF!
MSA Sponsor Vorgee has specially designed swim caps help to raise vital funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. They are proud to support the NBCF and their work in funding research for prevention and cure. #immerseyourself
#curecancer #findacure #pinkribbon #breastcancerresearch #awareness
Masters swimming Nationals 2017
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