MSA 2022 winter edition
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Dear masters swimmer,

Masters swimming in Australia is on the rise!
Membership growth is stronger than the pre COVID-19 impacted 2020 and 2021 years with a higher than anticipated take-up of 6-month memberships this year.

The National Office and Swimming Australia are working toward the migration to Swim Central for the release of the 12-month membership on 1 November 2022. Branch Administrators and Recorders spent 2 days in the Melbourne office for intensive Swim Central training. To date, MSQ and MSSA have piloted several events via Swim Central and we are looking forward to all Branches offering memberships and events shortly.

The National Board of Management (NBM) was sad to see Jodie Quinn step down this month, we all wish Jodie well in her professional and personal future and thank her for the work that she has contributed to masters swimming.

The National Gender Diversity policy sub-committee has been established and will report to the National Board of Management (NBM) and provide a recommendation about any barriers to participation in the sport of amateur adult swimming by transgender, sexually and/or gender diverse individuals and how these barriers could be overcome. The sub-committee’s remit is limited to issues of transgender, sexual and/or gender diversity and inclusion only.

Please keep reading below about all the swimming action from around Australia...

Regards, Sarah 


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Our wonderful Team at the Swim Central Training


A small project team was established in October 2021 to identify a roadmap to Swim Central. Fast forward 10 months and more than two (2) events have been held via Swim Central, all Branches are working towards being setup on the live platform and next month clubs will also be setup. Key dates to remember:

  • 2022 memberships closing 30 September 2022 on SportsTG
  • No memberships available from 1-31 October 2022
  • 2023 12-month membership will be available 1 November 2022 on Swim Central
  • Registrar training available during October (Clubs will be notified by your Branch)

Thank you to all members of the project team, Swimming Australia, MSA branch administrators and recorders for your dedication to the Swim Central migration project.

National Gender Diversity policy sub-committee
We are thrilled to welcome seven (7) subcommittee members and National Board of Management member to the National Gender Diversity policy sub-committee. The subcommittee will consist of the following members:

  • Susie Purcell (NSW)
  • Dylan Carmichael (QLD)
  • Grace Crossland (QLD)
  • Megan Stronach (TAS)
  • Pauline Samson (TAS)
  • Max Szental (VIC)
  • Caroline Symons (VIC)
  • Robert Hardie (NSW, NBM) Robert will shadow the committee as a visitor

The purpose of the subcommittee will be to identify any barriers to participation in the sport of amateur adult swimming by transgender, sexually and/or gender diverse individuals and make recommendations to MSA about how these barriers could be overcome. The sub-committee’s remit is limited to issues of transgender, sexual and/or gender diversity and inclusion only. We look forward to working with all shortly once the subcommittee has appointed a Chairperson.

Upcoming 2022 Spring General Meeting
The upcoming 2022 Spring GM will be held on 1 October 2022 via Zoom. This is a great time for the NBM and delegates to come together to discuss general business items and all things swimming. It will be a busy day and full of actions with eight (8) proposed motions.

MSA 2020 Swim Series This years’ MSA Swim Series has included both Long and Short Course meets across Australia. There have been seven (7) swims held to date from the ten (10) series nominated for the year. The series 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. 


5 March

MSV SC Championships


2-3 Apr

MSWA State Championships (LC)      


20-24 Apr

National Championships 2022


20-22 May

MSQ SC State Championships


31 July

MSSA Interclub 3 (LC)


21- 22 Aug

MST SC Winter Championships


17-18 Sep    

MSNT LC Championships


15-16 Oct

MSNSW LC Championships


23 Oct

Stadium Masters LL CC (LC)


9 - 12 Nov

Pan Pacific Masters Games (LC)

2023 National Championships
Masters Swimming Tasmania are proud to host the 2023 Masters Swimming Australia National Championships at the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre from 18 to 23 April 2023. Registrations will open Monday 12 Dec 2022 and close Monday 27 March 2023. And don’t forget to look at your accommodation early, as I’m sure swimmers will be booking early.


Ocean Swim Fiji stage another event in August 2022
After their May 2023 event sold out in just one day, the Ocean Swim Fiji team have had an amazing response from people wanting to know if they could put on another event in 2023.

Scott and his team have been working hard to confirm details with key event partners over the last four weeks and are now excited to announce a second event will be staged between 21-25 August 2023.

Ocean Swim Fiji simply put is 5 days, 3 swims and 0 worries and the perfect ‘swimcation’ for Masters swimmers. It’s a truly unique event with the perfect balance of ocean swims in stunning locations, and flat-out relaxation in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Fiji.  Boasting three breath-taking swim locations, itinerary highlights, all-inclusive travel packages and how you can get up close to Olympic legend and Ocean Swim Fiji Ambassador Shane Gould!

The 200 spots to the August event will be exclusively offered to people on their waitlist first.  So, if you haven't already signed up for that, click here and you'll be added to the waitlist. HERE


Thank you to our long-standing partner Vorgee who have been supporting masters swimming for many years. 2022 has been such a rewarding year for all of us and its rewarding to have Vorgee and MSA back on pool deck at the 2022 National Championships and around Australia. To John Vorgias and his team, a massive thank you for supporting our swimmers, and the broader masters community every year. Thank you to all the branches for supporting our National partner in Vorgee too.

Around the Branches

Masters Swimming NSW:
Forster Escape - its a wrap!
Our Results app turned into a hive of activity at Forster as we all uploaded photos of extra-curricular activities. Many were then transferred across to our facebook page and the wider membership followed the fun and frivolity. Apart from the actual coach clinic on Saturday (thank you Anne Smyth, Peter McGee & Paul Bailey) and the mini-meet on Sunday, members went walking, running, ocean dipping (it was cold), gin-imbibing, dolphin cruising, winery exploring & market shopping to name a very few of the experiences had. Read more of the great activities from MSNSW HERE

Masters Swimming NT:
Another great day of swimming at Parap Pool Darwin for the Masters Swimming NT Long Course championships! So great to have some interstate competitors along, and thanks once again to the amazing volunteers who made this event happen. Well done to all those who made a splash.

Masters Swimming Queensland
MSQ has been very busy hosting swim meets via Swim Central. Recent meets include:
  • 13/08/2022 Belgravia Masters Meet
  • 27/08/2022 Brisbane Northside Masters Meet 
  • 27/08/2022 Long Tan Legends Sprint Meet
  • 10/09/2022 Rackley Masters Meet 
  • 24/09/2022 Noosa Masters Meet

Swimmers have quickly adapted to the new entry system, lodging entries and payments with ease. We have hosted several Teams web sessions to assist members with the change, with many joining in to view demonstrations and ask questions. Read more about all the great activity that has been happening in sunny QLD HERE

Masters Swimming SA

SA branch updates

  • Initial planning for the 2023 Jetty to Jetty OW swim has commenced. Aiming for 500 competitors
  • Website updates are continuing. Working through the entire website and updating all required areas.
  • Swim Central:  SA has all but moved to Swim Central with four events now conducted. Main actions are in assisting and directing clubs and individuals with account issues and relay entries on events.
  • Preparing a discussion paper for the Board on requirements for volunteers in relation to organisational duty of care to members.
  • Events:  SA Interclub 4 was held on 11 September. Numerous SA records and one possible national record.
  • Next event: Mildura Murray Masters Carnival (8-9 Oct)

Masters Swimming Tasmania
What an excellent weekend of swimming in Launceston - the 38th MST Winter Championships, over the weekend of 20 & 21 August. Full results are on the MST website in the Archives section. Well done Meet Director Kay Bailey and Launceston Lemmings, for a well conducted meet and an excellent luncheon. It was so good for us all to be back together again in Launceston. They had 125 entries (including 25 swimmers from interstate) from a total 22 clubs. There were 6 National Records:
  • Darius Schultz, VPP 400 IM
  • Graeme Armstrong, VPP 25, 50 and 100 Back
  • John Cocks, VMV 50 Free, and 100 Back
The outstanding club of the meet was Hobart Aquatic, who won the Club Trophy and the Relay Trophy. Swimmers of the meet were Anne Henderson and Brent Walker, both from Hobart Aquatic. Tasmanians broke 22 MST individual and 4 MST relay records. Check out another great Platypus Press read HERE

Masters Swimming Victoria

t’s a busy time for MSV. Having recently reached the end of its service agreement with MSA, the branch welcomed a new administrator, Kara Pogos, in August. Kara dived into the role just in time to attend, with Branch Director Alan Godfrey, the two-day Swim Central workshop, and is working with the clubs to prepare for the opening of membership registrations.

On September 4th, MSV ran a successful Long Course Long Distance meet at MSAC. 87 entries resulted in 128 swims on the day, with 43 branch and 11 national records broken after counting splits! Excitement is building for the next meet, the Short Course Relay Championships, on October 23rd. The meet will be divided into 4 divisions, based on club membership size. Which clubs will win the Battle of the Divisions? It could be any of them!

Masters Swimming WA 
Swim into Summer - Craigie Date: 16 November - 21 December (6 week clinic) Kareena Preston will be coaching their latest Act Belong Commit program at Craigie Leisure Centre specifically designed for our Couch to 2K graduates and other confident swimmers. This NEW program aims to extend your existing swimming skills and improve your speed, technique and endurance. Only five spots are left for this exciting program.
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