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Welcome to the December MSV e-Newsletter
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Welcome to the December "On the Blocks" e-newsletter!

Well is that time of the year where we look back at what we have all achieved in our sport and get ready to celebrate the new year. Have you renewed? Get in early for 2018 by re-newing now or think about a nice early New Years present for a friend or family member by joining them up to Masters Swimming Australia.

NEWS FLASH - Bathing Box Classic has been postponed from Saturday 9 December 2017 to Saturday 24 February 2018.
(make the most of the extra time and enter now!)

Congratulations to the 15 MSV swimmers who won their age category in the 2017 MSA Swim Series - (out of 1321 swimmers from across Australia) once again topping the list of winners from a Branch. Congratulatins to all the winners 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
NICKY KERR VMV F40-44 2 1350
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
ALICE KINNAIRD VFR F80-84 3 2989
DOROTHY DICKEY VDC F85-89 3 3164
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
ALAN GODFREY VGS,VPP M60-64 4 5764
JOHN COCKS VMV M80-84 5 9245

MSV Board of Management and staff wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Festive Season. The Office will be shut from 2pm Friday 22 December and will re-open Wednesday 3 January 2018.
  
UPCOMING MEETS/EVENTS:
MSV 2018 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Are you preparing for 2018 - well we are at MSV!
Put these dates in your diaries. (more details to come)
8 April: MSV LC Championships
15 July: MSV SC Championships 
25 August: MSV Relay Championships
Malvern Marlins 26th Interclub
Save the Date!!!
Saturday 10 February 2018
Harold Holt Swimming Pool
Warm up 4.45pm - 5.15pm
More details to come
Frankston Peninsula Interclub Meet 2018
Save the Date!!!
Sunday 19 August 2018
PARC Frankston
More details to come
2018 Swim Series
The MSA Swim Series has got some exciting mix of Long and Short Course meets across Australia again in 2018. 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.  The first meet is on the
14 - 17 March 2018 - MSQ State Championships
2018 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
18 - 21 April 2018

Make sure you take FULL advantage of the 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.
MS 24Hour Mega Swim 2018
Keen to get in the water, swim swim swim and raise money for a worthy cause. Then look no further than the MS24 Hour Mega Swims. You can even keep track of the Metres you swim and become a Vorgee Million Metres swimmer.
Mildura - 20 January 
Rip Swim (Point Nepean to Point Lonsdale) - 3 February  
Fitzroy - 23 February 
North Melbourne - 2 March 
2017/18 OPEN WATER SEASON:
GREAT VICTORIAN SWIM SERIES (GVSS)
Due to the postponment of the Brighton Box Classis the GVSS now Kicks off with the WOW Challenge on Sunday 17 December 2017. Get ready and join in a Webinar with Chloe McCardel on Sunday 10 December at 5pm. Read Chloe's top 3 OWS tips.
 
CLUB & MEMBER NEWS
Doncaster Dolphins News
The Dolphins have wrapped another successful Swim for Life Program (their 11th) with the youngest being 23 years of age and the oldest 72, with the majority being in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.

From Roughies Races to Roughies Rematch
Saturday 18 November had it all: 120 entrants ready to race, Fitzroy Swimming Pool prepared to host them and - literally - a truck full of tacos and the biggest tub of doughnuts you've ever seen. Unfortunately two uninvited arrivals were the rain and lighting.

Which meant despite all the planning and the best endeavours of the Yarra Roughies, the Roughies Races had to be cancelled. Thanks for the support of the swimmers, officials and volunteers to get them to that point, as disappointing as the cancellation was.  The Yarra Roughies committee is working hard to schedule a rematch in the first months of 2018. Keep an eye on their website and Yarra Roughies facebook page.
Technical
Masters Swimming Rules Update 
Fina introduced a range of rule changes to the Swimming Rules in September 2017.
The majority of them were clarifications, assisting reporting and providing consistency in processes and terminology. The actual rules governing the strokes have not changed. 

The Rule that has changed and affects swimmers directly is: 

SW 12.8 World Records and World Junior Records will be accepted only when times are recorded by Automatic Officiating Equipment, or Semi-Automatic Officiating Equipment in the case of Automatic Officiating Equipment system malfunction. 

As this Rule is a Fina prerogative, it had to be automatically accepted by Masters Swimming Australia and was adopted on 22 September 2017.  The other changes have been approved by the National Technical Committee and  are anticipated to be accepted by the MSA Branches in time for implementation on January 1 2018.
 
The Masters Swimming Australia SW Rules will be updated on the Masters Swimming Australia website when that approval has come through.

Read Neil Mitchells report HERE
Resources
Wanting to get ready for the upcoming Open Water Season or get race fit for the Nationals in 2018. In the next few months we will be sharing links to articles to help you. (if you know of any good resources let us know)
Wanting to get ready for the upcoming Open Water Season or get race fit for the Nationals in 2018. In the next few months we will be sharing links to articles to help you. (if you know of any good resources let us know)
Mark Morgan is writing a blog for the 2018 Nationals Facebook page in the lead up to the Nationals to help you swim at your best at meets and to help you appreciate your swimming more. Here is his latest article.
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