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Welcome to the February MSV e-Newsletter
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Happy New Year!

Welcome back to the water - what a great start to 2018.
So far we have over 680 members who have either re- joined or joined us new.
Keep spreading the word - especially around the pool or at the beach and maybe a gentle nudge to those who you know have not yet re-newed.
If you did not see the new MSA cap for sale when joining do not fear they are still on offer.
So far we have seen 8 successful swims held in the 2017-18 Great Victorian Swim Series 
and Masters Swimmers are doing incredibly well. Checkout the wonderful images from each swim below (Thanks Gina and crew) - are you able to pick yourself out?
Saturday 10 February will see the first pool swim of 2018 with the 26th Malvern Marlins Interclub being held at Harold Holt Pool - entries close Monday 3 February.
The Queens Baton Relay gets underway in Victoria on the 10 February in St Kilda and finishes 17 February in Mildura - MSV Ambassador Chloë McCardel will be doing her bit around 8.40am 10 February in St Kilda - if you know any Masters Swimmers taking part please let us know so we can celebrate them.
Lastly are you keen to travel - Technical Officials needed for N18! Help make the N18 one of the best in Australia and 'The best in the west!'
FEATURE MEET:
26th Malvern Marlins Interclub
Saturday 10 February 2018
Harold Holt Swimming Pool
Warm up 4.45pm - 5.15pm
Entries close 5 February 

Feeling inspired - checkout some images from previous Marlins Interclubs below - you just might be in one of them. The Competition is limited to 120 swimmers and at time of press they have just over 60 so do not leave it until the last minute and risk being disappointed. 
UPCOMING MEETS/EVENTS:
MSV 2018 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Are you preparing for 2018 - well we are at MSV!
Put these dates in your diaries. MSV Management Committee are working hard on finalising the details of each event.
8 April: MSV LC Championships
15 July: MSV SC Championships 
25 August: MSV Relay Championships
Summer Smash
Save the Date!!!
Saturday 3 March 2018
MSAC
More details to come
Roughies Races is BACK!
Save the Date!!!
Saturday 24 March 2018
After having to cancel what was looking like becoming a popular meet on the MSV Calendar last year due to the weather Yarra Roughies are excited to be holding the meet again.
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.
STOP PRESS - 160 swimmers already entered
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.
Fitzroy - 23 February 
North Melbourne - 2 March 
Swim to the Rings
Sunday 25 March 2018
After a long absence the Ballarat Lake Swim is back and it has been rejuvenated by the Ballarat Triathlon Cub to captivate both the competitive and not so competitive swimmers. Re-named the ‘Swim to the Rings’ this annual event is an opportunity to be part of a unique event that spans along the 1956 Olympic Rowing Course.They are offering a 15% discount to MSV members.ENTER
2017/18 OPEN WATER SEASON:
GREAT VICTORIAN SWIM SERIES (GVSS)
Progressive GVSS points now available and GVSS are aware there are some adjustments to be made....i.e....rogue swimmers Gina Harris & Lou Lockwood should not be listed in the Non-Wetsuit category!  Some great images below from the swims that have already taken place. 
17 Dec 17 - Williamstown Open Water challenge  
26 Dec 17 - Point Leo Swim Classic  
30 Dec 17 - Rip View  
06 Jan 18 - Jan Juc  
19 Jan 18 - Mornington Twilight Swim  
26 Jan 18 - Mt Martha Australia Day 
27 Jan 18 - Queenscliff 180 
28 Jan 18 - Ocean Grove
Still to come:
10 Feb 18 - Sorrento Bay Swim
17 Feb 18 - Cerberus HMB 1.2k & 2.5k
24 Feb 18 - Brighton LSC Open Water Swim 1.2k & 2.5k
25 Feb 18 - Jalna Big Bay Swim 3.2k
02 Mar 18 - Twilight end of season presentation party
Not sure whether Open Water Swimming is for you!  Then look no further than some of the following resources/stories to help inspire you.

In the Swim - by Oslo Davis
Words and drawings from the cover story in M Magazine (The Sunday Age 28 January 2018) where Olso recounts the experience of his first ocean swim - a great read. Not only does Marijke Alderson (VPP) and Bruce Allender (VMV) get a mention but the list of upcoming Open Water Swims finishes with a shout out to Casey Seals Open Water Calendar.

Chloë McCardel - Tuesday Training Tips
Chloë often gets asked for training tips, how to improve technique, advice on how to complete major swims, motivational techniques and how she keeps focused through long swim sessions. On Tuesdays, she will answer your questions on Instagram. 

Relaxing Ocean Swims an escape after busy tree change periods
A nice story on Ebony Ebenwaldner (VCS) to help inspire you by The Warrnambool Standard

Swim Fast - Open Water Master Class
The Pier to Pub may be over for this year but this video is a must watch. If you just want to swim fast in Open Water watch some of the country's best Open Water swimmers share the secrets that have kept them at the front of the pack for decades.

Ocean swim and cliff runs celebrate milestones - DangerTime
A great article from the Surf Coast Times about Jan Juc Danger 1000 & more Dangerous.

Queenscliff 180 Family Swim 2018
Another great video to help inspire you into the Ocean - maybe strat planning for the 2018 -19 GVSS.

'Swim to the Rings'
 
CLUB & MEMBER NEWS
Geelong Catfish
Swimmers from the Catfish have already been busy busy busy this year - read their great wrap from their Open Water Swims.
Glamourhead Sharks
The Glams got salty in January with a great turnout at the Mount Martha Australia Day Swim and made it back onto dry land for the Midsumma Pride March to wrap up a wonderful long weekend. There was even time in between for Glams  Captain Kodie Webb to snag silver in the Queenscliff180. 16 Glamourheads will be participating in the 24 Hour MS Megaswim at Fitzroy Pool in February, donations can be made towards the Glams team here and we look forward to seeing any fellow MSV members making a splash for MS.
Malvern Marlins
Once again the Marlins have got off to a wonderful start to the swimming year and not only are they competing in the Open Water they took part in the virtual lap of Australia. Want to know more about the Marlins - you cannot go past their FUN FACTS
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