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We are in April and WOW so much has happened that it is hard to take it all in. We have just seen the wrap up of the #MSANATS2018 over in WA and 2 other Championships all successfully held and well attended in Qld and Vic which makes
3 swims of the 2018 MSA Swim Series completed.

The last few months has also seen over 25 Meets held by Branches and Clubs around Australia,we have seen 5 provisional World records broken, a multitude of National and Branch records also broken, we have celebrated with our Masters swimmers and Clubs who have received acknowledgments for their amazing achievements
(MSA Awards, Branch Awards, sporting group awards and some also taking part in the Queens Baton Relay just to name a few). We have also celebrated George Corones who not only turned 100 this month and has 2 provisional World Records waiting to be ratified, he was also made an honorary member of the  Australian Commonwealth Games team and we watched Masters Swimming showcased at the Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Trials in QLD.
BUT if that is not enough we are also incredibly excited to announce

a brand new MSA initiative with 2018 being designated as the:
'Year of the Coach'

Read all about this and more in this e-news.
From the National Office:
Vale Jane 20/01/1991 - 08/04/2018
We start off this e-new with some incredibly sad news. -  Jane Barnes our lovely Administrator who has been an integral part of the MSV/MSA team since 2012 passed away on Sunday 8 April 2018 after a 2 year battle with Leukemia.  She never lost her contagious smile and love of all sport - especially her beloved Saints, all things netball and her Masters Swimmers. Listen to an interview with Jane  and the Get Up with Herbie and Dane breakfast crew on Hit93.1. Let’s keep Jane’s fight going (if you can donate blood please visit or donate to Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision 
MSA is going to continue to be led by five experienced, passionate and well credentialed members. Congratulations to the three successful nominees: Neal Bertram, Wendy Holtom and Jane Noake  They join President Gerry Tucker and Finance Director Andrea McNeil. We also bid farewell and thank Therese Crollick  Read more about them below.
Neal Bertram (MSSA)
Neal has been a member of masters swimming for over 20 years commencing in 1995 with Marion Masters and is now with the Henley Beach Club. He has been on the NBM since late 2015 and was re-elected in 2016 for a term of 2 years. His career as a commercial lawyer enables him to contribute to the good management and promotion of MSA.
Wendy Holtom (MSWA)
Wendy has a background in teaching swimming, has been a Centre supervisor for the Dept of Education  and has worked for the Women’s Sports Foundation of WA. She has been on the WA Swimming Association Board, including being the Vice President from 1999 – 2002, Wendy was Executive Officer with MSWA until February 2016. She was first appointed to the NBM in April 2016.
Jane Noake (MSNSW)
Jane has been President of MSNSW for the last 10 years and is a member of Seaside Pirates. She joined masters swimming in 1992 and has a formidable list of voluntary contributions and achievements with a highlight being leading the successful planning and delivery of the 2009 World Masters Games Swimming event with many thousands of competitors, officials and volunteers. 
Therese Crollick (MSQ)
We would also like to acknowledge our retiring Board Member and thank Therese Crollick for her term on the NBM and wish her well for the coming year. Therese has been a member of Masters Swimming for 34 years, joining her first club Summerland AUSSI Masters in October 1984. In honor of all her work with MSA we are celebrating her as our Volunteer Profile further down in the e-news.
2018 is the 'YEAR OF THE COACH'
We are excited to launch the newest initiative of MSA 
As many would know Coaches are a very important part of the Masters Swimming family: they help competitive swimmers to reach their goals and set new records (in the pool and on the open water) and they help ‘recreational’ swimmers keep fit and healthy.
Throughout 2018 MSA will be:-
  • Promoting our coaches – giving you insight into what drew them into coaching and what some of their ‘special moments’ have been. Click HERE to read about our National Coaching Coordinator Bruce Allender (STOP PRESS Bruce was announced at the closing ceremony of the 2018 National Championships as the Inaugural MSA 2017 Volunteer of the Year winner - see more below)
  • Providing you: with some great coaching ideas (see Take Your Mark)
  • Offering a coach course subsidy: to assist individuals to attend a MSA Club Coach Course.
  • Encouraging clubs: to profile and support their coaches.
To read more about the Coaching subsidy visit MSA website

Thank you MSV Coaching Director and Glamourheads member Mark Sendecky for the great logo - you will be seeing more of this around on social media and on our website.

As part of The Year of the Coach we are excited to also announce we already have scheduled 5 upcoming Club Coach Courses.
ASCTA: 3 May 2018 (CC003/18) Brisbane Convention Centre
MSQ: 27 May 2018 (CC001/18) Cannonvale Swim Centre
MSV: 27 May 2018 (CC005/18) locations TBC
MSQ: 7 July 2018 (CC002/18)Cairns - Woree Swimming Pool
MSNSW: 8 July 2018 (CC004/18) Sapphire Aquatic Centre
MSA 2017 Awards
On Saturday night over in Western Australia we were proud to announce the winners of the following 2017 MSA awards: 2017 Masters Swimmer of the Year, 2017 Masters Coach of the Year , 2017 Official of the Year and our Inaugural 2017 Volunteer of the Year. A very BIG congratulations to the following:

Congratulations to Tony who was a clear winner due to his outstanding achievements during 2017 at State, National and International level, with 9 world records and a staggering thirty national records in long and short course events were broken in 2017 as well as gold, silver and bronze at the 2017 FINA Masters World Championships in Budapest. Well done!

This is the second time Peter has been recognised with this award, having won it in 2013 as well. Peter has been Head Coach of the Merrylands club for 13 years having been a coach since 1994. Read more about his deserving win HERE

Pamela has been a member of MSWA’s Stadium Masters for 24 years and qualified as a Referee five years ago. In that short time she has become a well liked, respected and integral member of the Tech Officials fraternity. Congratulations Pamela. Read more about her HERE

As we launch 2018 'THE YEAR OF THE COACH' it is fitting that we congratulate Bruce Allender from Malvern Marlins MSC as the inaugural MSA 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award.  Bruce is a champion for masters swimming coaches and is Chair of the National Coaching Committee. Well done Bruce. Read more about him HERE.

MSA National Championships:
The 2018 National Championships are done and dusted!!!
Records were broken, PB's were smashed, new friendships were made, there were long overdue catchups with old friends and lots of great swimming was had. We are taking the time today to celebrate all the Volunteers and Officials who work so tirelessly behind the scenes. Without them we could not have enjoyed the incredible Championships. THANK YOU!!!
The wonderful MSA National Championships Organising Team
Lizzie O'Brien (Social), Nick Wyatt (Finance), Heather Whitehead (Safety), Sandra Mutch (back row) (Program/Recording), Erica Thomas (Technical & Volunteers), Siobhan Wilkins (Marketing), Fiona Wilkins (Meet Convenor) & Elena Nesci (Finance sub-committee).
A great shot of some of the Officials and Volunteers (Thanks Jon Hawton)
Congratulations to all the swimmers and their clubs that competed over in Western Australia. The following Winners of the National Trophies were announced on the Presentation Function on the last night of the Championships. WELL DONE!!

Nationals Relay Trophies 
72 - 119 winner - Blacktown City
120 - 159 winner - PowerPoints MSC
160 - 199 winner - PowerPoints MSC
200 - 239 winner - Claremont MSC
240 - 279 Winner - Malvern Marlins MSC
280 - 319 winner - Claremont MSC
320 - 359 Winner - Stadium Masters Swimming Club
Presidents Trophy - Blacktown City
Life Members Trophy - Geraldton MSC
Founders Trophy- Claremont MSC
Runner Up Trophy - PowerPoints MSC
Visitors Trophy - Blacktown MSC
Male Vorgee Swimmer of the Meet - Mark Thompson, PowerPoints MSC
Female Vorgee Swimmer of the Meet - Leigh Rogers Malvern Marlins MSC

MSA Championships and Meets:

2018 SWIM SERIES - there are still 5 more swims left to go
Feeling inspired by seeing what all the swimmers have been up to then don't miss the rest of 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  Results
MSV LC Championships MSV Results
2018 MSA National Championships (LC) MSA/MSWA Results
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
It is not too late to escape Winter in June - the MSA SWIM CAMP 10 - 17 June 2018 with coach Alan Godfrey is booking up quickly. 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. 
Currently there are 2 Postal Swims in full swing - the Turtle Swim and the Baddaginnie Animal swim are well are truly underway. We alos are happy to welcome a new Postal swim - Toowoomba Tadpoles Swim 1500 in July.
  • Wests Auburn 5000m Turtle Swim 2018: finishes 30 April
  • Baddaginnie Animal Swim: finishes 30 June 
  • Bunbury 2018 Winter 3 x 400m Postal Swim: 1 May - 30 June
  • Tuggeranong Trifecta 2018: 1 July - 31 August
  • Swim 1500 in July: 1 July - 31 August
  • Swimming Up Hills 2018: 1 September - 30 November 
The Vorgee Million Metres Awards acknowledge progress from the “learn to swim” beginner to the distance swimmer. These awards are intended to stimulate members to strive for greater fitness and are open to all registered members of Masters Swimming Australia. So far in 2018 we have awarded:
One Million Metres: Naomi McGilvray and Tomasz Dobrzanski
Two Million Metres: Graeme Williams and Robert Kirkbride
Below are some of the happy Million Metres recipients. We love to be able to share these pictures.

Top left: Brian Hall from Bunbury Masters (WBB) - he would like to thank his coach for most of his 5 Million Metres swum - [his bride] & club coach - to his right with the red flower. (November 2017)
Top right: Matthew Cranley and Neil Thiess from Noarlunga Master Swimmers (SNO) 2 and 3 Million respectively - looking the part! (November 2017)
Bottom left: a rather excited Nomi McGilvray from North Mackay Sinkers (QNS) with her first 1 Million Metres and she is already heading for 2! (February 2018)
Bottom right: Steve Richards from Hobart Dolphins (THB) 5 Million Metres (1 of 2 swimmers who completed 5 Million from Tasmania in November 2017) great work
The Vorgee Endurance 1000 is designed to encourage people to compete in distances from 400 metres to 60 minutes duration in a variety of strokes. Each year the program has enjoyed an increase in the number of swimmers competing, endorsing its popularity with the members.

The total number of swims (gaining points) that can be completed is 62 - broken down into: 25 individual 400m swims, 25 individual 800m swims, 3 by 1500m swims, 3 by 30 minute swims, 3 by 45 minute swims and 3 by 60 minute swims. Congratulations to the 82 MEMBERS who completed 62 swims. Aside from individual achievements there are 2 club trophies.

Vorgee Endurance 1000 Champion Club
Points are gained for the completion of each different event. These combine with points gained by fellow club members and contribute to a total point score for each competing club. The highest scoring club will then be declared the Vorgee Endurance 1000 Champion Club. (Previously known as the Aerobic Trophy winner.) We congratulate Noosa Masters Swimming Club MSQ as the winner of the 2017 Vorgee Endurance 1000 Club Champion Trophy (3rd year in a row)

Vorgee Endurance 1000 Award
As an extension of the program, the Vorgee Endurance 1000 Award (previously known as the Tassie Award and National Aerobic Award) goes to the club averaging the highest number of points per reg­istered member. This is designed to encourage as many members as possible in each competing club to complete one or more events in the Vorgee Endurance 1000 program. eg; 10 swimmers from a club of 10 mem­bers scoring 10 points each - total 100 points (average 10 points each) would beat a club of 5 swimmers out of 50 members scoring 50 points each - total 250 points (average 5 points each). Well done to  Campbelltown Collegiates MSNSW who won the 2017 Vorgee Endurance 1000 Award for the 2nd year in a row.

Volunteer of the Month:
Therese Crollick
Here we celebrate outgoing NBM member Therese Crollick who has been involved in Masters Swimming for over 30 years. She has been swimming since age 8 and when she moved from Sydney to Lismore in 1984 it seemed only natural that she would continue her involvement with swimming so joined the Summerland AUSSI Masters club based at Alstonville in October of 1984 and her first Masters carnival was at Armidale in February 1985. Her story and dedication is an inspiration to us all.
With Deep Sadness:
We at MSA are saddened by the recent passing of some long-time and passionate Masters Swimming members and supporters but we are privileged to celebrate their lives with you all.
They will all be greatly missed.
VALE Ray Smythe
It is with much sadness the Toowoomba Tadpoles report that Ray Smythe, Masters swimmer and technical official, passed away in Toowoomba on 26 December 2018. Ray had been a member of Virginia before moving and joining the Tadpoles in the 1990s. He served as Club Secretary, Meet Director for the 2002 State Swim and as Queensland Branch Manager of IT and Director Technical Services. His generous smile was welcome even when he was disqualifying someone!
Ray is (right) and Derek (left): Pan Pacs 2012

Vale Brian Travers
Brian Travers passed away on 25 January 2018, aged 75. He was affectionately called Buddy by his many friends. He was the former owner of IST and for many years organized the overseas trips to FINA events for Australian swimmers.  Brian was a valuable member of the North Sydney Masters and was announcer at their carnivals.
Vale Keith Wake 
It is with great sadness that Warringah Masters inform the masters swimming world of the passing of Life Member, Keith Wake.  He passed away in February 2018 aged 90. Keith was a stalwart of the club and a strong advocate of Masters Swimming. He was instrumental in shaping our approach to coaching and indeed, many of Keith's training sets figure in my coaching and that of many others.

VALE Ruth Zeigeler.
It is with deep saddness that Atlantis Masters  share the passing of Ruth Zeigeler. Ruth passed away in April 2018t after a short illness. Ruth was a much loved and energetic Club Member. She was the Club President from 2007 to 2016 and held the positions of Club Captain and Coaching Director for the past two years. She was Atlantis' Organiser of the very successful annual MS Mega Swims. Her sudden illness and passing has been a huge shock to everyone.
Branch News:
New South Wales clubs and the Branch have already held 7 Meets in 2018 and probably have one of the best quotes of the month in their newsletters 'The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come'

Northern Territorian Masters swimmers have been enjoying some of the most beautiful swimming sunsets in Australia, plus a meet and their SC Championships. Check out their great facebook page.

We love sharing MSSA's e-news and how they are celebrating their incredible 2017-2018 Channel Nine Open Water Series and their 2017-2018 Summer Pool Series.

Once again you cannot go past the Platypus Press for a great read especially if you want to know who went to France or more about the Long Distance LC that is coming up 2 June 2018.

A wonderful swim up in Rockhampton was held (first of the MSA Swim Series) the MSQ State Championships LC & SC. For the first time MSQ welcomed Multi Class swimmers to a major meet. Read all about the Championships HERE. 

At MSV there has been a celebration of the Malvern Marlins, Linley Frame and Sandy Frame scooping the pool at the VicSport Awards and the first Branch Championship has been run and 3 Club meets successfully held.

MSA welcomes Sophie Rowe as the new Executive Officer of MSWA and we congratulate the WA branch for a wonderfully well run National Championships. We congratulate Elena Nesci, Claremont Masters, who was presented with the Excellence Award for 10 years service, Fiona Wilkins from Perth City who was presented with the Merit Award for 5 years service, Nick Wyatt Cockburn Masters was presented with the 2017 Service Award and the Merit Award for 5 years service for all their work with MSWA.

DQ codes
The DQ Codes sheets for Referee’s & IOT’s have been ratified by the National Technical Committee and are on the MSA website.

Take Your Mark
Mark Morgan is a Masters coach/swimmer in Sydney who has been generously sharing his knowledge and writing blogs for the 2018 Nationals and sharing these "Take Your Mark" columns with the broader Masters swimming community. Mark Morgan has written a series of ‘blogs’ that are a great read.

Stay Hot After Warming Up for Hot Performances
We’ve always known the importance of warming up to benefit swim performance. Trouble with most swim meets is the ability to warm-up close to an event is hard if the facility doesn’t have a warm-up pool separate to the competition pool. Here is a study highlighting a way to stay warm after a warm-up if you don’t have a warm-up pool. He has recently written the definitive book for masters athletes titled The Masters Athlete

Don't fall victim: How to recognise scams targeting grassroots sport
Do you know the difference between  'spamming’ , ‘spoofing’ , and ‘phishing’? 
With the growth in technology and its increasing accessibility, we have seen the modernisation of sporting clubs nationally, and in turn, a rise in the efficiency of these organisations. However, as time-consuming paper-based processes are replaced with the powerful click of a few buttons, we slowly begin to open ourselves up to increasingly creative criminal cyber-attacks. This article breaks down the terms and addresses a current scam targeting sports clubs - where the scammer assumes the identity of a committee member to access funds from the club.

Touchline Magazine

And we would like to finish off on a celebratory note. Congratulations to George Corones for smashing 2 World records. You are an inspiration to all in the Masters Swimming World and beyond.You just need to google or facebook George's name to see how he has touched so many people is so many countries with an incredible amount of articles written about George. 

We love how both
KidsNews and the Morning Bulletin start their stories by this quote
'NOT all superheroes wear capes. Some of them wear caps instead, and 99-year-old Australian swimmer George Corones is one of them'

Here are just a couple more articles/videos.

The Guardian article
2018 Hancock Prospecting - live
BBC News
Our Partner:
Missed out on your swimming cap when you joined or renewed. Now is your chance to really get into the swim and look the part with the 2018 Vorgee MSA Swim Cap. Check out the Malvern Marlins swimmers rocking the new 2018 caps at training recently. From left Jan Jeffrey, MSA President Gerry Tucker and MSA Finance Director Andrea McNeil. As the cap has proved so popular we have extended the special opening offer of $15.Don't miss out.
Masters swimming Nationals 2017
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