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Dear masters community,

This month marks a fantastic milestone for many of us as we focus our return to swimming. The excitement to be back (or nearly back) in the water has never felt so good, while we continue to maintain a strong focus of looking after ourselves and each other.

The recently launched industry guidelines together with varying Federal, State and venue requirements has meant a lot more paperwork for us, however these are important procedures to lay down and will guide us to our new swimming protocols. Please read updates to our COVID-19 Resource page HERE.

This month we have released a 9-12 week swimming program, written by Greg Gourley (MSA 2019 Coach of the year); be sure to ask your coach about this helpful guide back to swimming training – safely! 

Our hardworking organisation and dedicated team of members, volunteers and coaches will continue to keep you connected and up to date with the latest plans to return safely to the water.

Thank you to everyone across the country in the masters swimming community who have worked so hard to make this happen.

Stay Safe
Sarah Pisterman
MSA General Manager

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MSA teams up with Sports Dietitians Australia

As a Masters Swimmer we understand that you are part of unique group of athletes with important nutritional needs that deserves your attention and investment. This is why Masters Swimming Australia has been working in collaboration with Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA) to develop resources that are designed to not only enrich your member experience but to provide you with nutrition facts specific to your needs. 

With life experience comes greater wisdom, however there is also the inevitable loss of muscle mass, strength and function known as sarcopenia as we age, as well as reductions in bone strength associated with hormonal changes. 

Exercise and a nutritious training diet complement one another like jigsaw pieces. They will support each other if pieced correctly and complete the picture of your health and performance in the water! Masters swimmers have unique nutritional requirements. Key nutrients including protein, creatine, iron, B12, calcium and Vitamin D, can all play a valuable role in supporting your health and performance, without forgetting great quality carbohydrate foods to fuel your physical and immune systems. 

Adequate and tailored nutrition interventions can assist supporting the maintenance or increase in muscular strength and functional movement, as well as reduce the risk of chronic disease and broken bones.  

SDA have published an interesting article in their digital ReFuel Magazine on page 7 that discusses “The role of protein and creatine for Master Swimmers”.

For FREE access to this publication click on the link HERE and subscribe.

If you are looking for tailored advice, why not invest in a telehealth or face to face consultation with your local Accredited Sports Dietitian to develop a plan that supports your health and performance. Click HERE to find an Accredited Sports Dietitian.

Events to look forward to!
Whilst you may not be able to train like you normally do, you may not be able to access water at all or as much as you would like it is always good to have things to aim for! MSA and our incredible Branches are working hard to keep on track with the planning of events later in the year so that once we can get back swimming we are ready to go!

Please note that the 2020 Alice Springs Masters Games, 2020 Pan Pacific Masters Games and 2021 Arafura Games have all been cancelled. The organisers are all busy looking to future dates.
MSA National Championships
30 September - 3 October 2020
MSNSW have been busy getting everything ready to go in September. Keep up to date by liking their facebook page,
Bunbury Masters 3x4000m Postal Swim
1 July - 31 August
This year’s postal swim has been delayed due to pool closures but is still going ahead. The swims can be completed in July and August. Last year we added an individual medley to the strokes you can use to complete the three 400m swims and it was surprisingly popular, so it is available again this year.
Tuggeranong Trifecta Postal Swim
1 July - 31 October
Has been extended to 31 October 2020. Make sure you enter - 3 swims, each in a different stroke: 400m, 800m, 1500m Entry fee: $25 per swimmer. AND you get one of their new caps in 2020.
WESTS AUBURN - 5000m Postal Swim
1 January  - 30 September
Great news - they have extended the closing date to the 30 September 2020. This will give everyone a chance to get back in the water and get involved. 

2021 MSA National Championships 
To be held by MSNT in sunny Darwin
30 April - 3 May 2021
More details to come.
Great Training Videos from MSWA
Swimming with a Tether - LiveLighter Master your Swimming Series
MSWA President Fiona Wilkins and Accredited Coach Siobhan Tyndall take you through tethered swimming drills. Please do not attempt tethered swimming alone, always have a person watching to assist you if necessary.
How to Swim at Home - LiveLighter Master your Swimming Series
MSWA President Fiona Wilkins and Accredited Coach Siobhan Tyndall take you through drills that can be completed in small backyard pools.
How to Swim in a Wetsuit - LiveLighter Master your Swimming Series
Masters Swimming Coach Educator Kim Tyler, assisted by Robert Buetler, take you through the basics of swimming in a wetsuit. Wearing a wetsuit changes your buoyancy in the water, and adjustments to your technique need to be made to ensure and effective and comfortable swim. Please refer to the summary before trying these tips on your own!
Branches - keeping connected!
It is great to connect with MSA and your Branch and Clubs especially at the moment. We have taken a recent post from each of the Branches facebook pages as an example of how you can stay connected. Each image will take you to their page. Please share with us at MSA examples of how you and your clubs are keeping connected.
MSA is proudly supported by.. 
Our mailing address is:
Level 2, Sports House
375 Albert Park Road
Albert Park, Victoria 3206

(03) 9682 5666
Please note during this time MSA staff are working mostly from home and may not be able to respond to phone calls immediately - please use our email whenever possible.
If you can only call please leave a message and we will get back as soon as possible.

And most importantly please STAY SAFE

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