Swimming WA members dominate Rottnest Channel Swim
Highly regarded worldwide and one of Western Australia’s iconic events, the Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island.
Completing the channel crossing, as a solo, duo or team swimmer is an achievement so many crave; which is why, each February, thousands of swimmers, paddlers, boats and support crew take part in the annual ritual and take on the challenge.
In what many have described as extremely tough conditions, the 2015 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim presented many challengers for those daring to cross the channel. Despite the treacherous conditions, it was Swimming WA members who featured prominently on the podium across all categories.
Swimming WA put a call out via social media to hear from those members who ended up performing strongly in their categories. The response we got was overwhelming!
For the solo swimmers it was Kane Radford who took line honours. The New Zealand born Radford has been training with the Westside Christchurch Swim Club for the past few years and completed the grueling event in 4:25:59.28.
Radford finished nearly 15minutes clear of the second placed solo swimmer in Nicholas De Bomford. The 17-year old from Arena Swim Club crossed the line in 4:40:38.10.
Sigrid De Vries also from the Westside Christchurch Swim Club was the third female solo swimmer to cross the line, coming home in 5:14:20.00.
In the duo and team categories, Swimming WA members were once more ahead of the rest.
Two members from Bunbury Swimming Club, Tahlia Jensen (15) and Taylor Williams (17) competed as a duo at the Rottnest Channel Swim and were the first female duo (10 duo overall) to cross the line in 5:25:37.42.
The girls had a big challenge on their hands but were very pumped on the day and keen to cross before the weather turned. They were extremely happy with their result unaware for several hours what there position was, receiving a text message later in the day to say that there were category winners.
Not only were they the first females to cross but also the first in their age category.
The girls trained hard at Bunbury in the pool and have been also doing some Open Water Swimming with Swimming WA’s Open Water Series. Tahlia qualified and competed at the recent National Open Water Championships, which were held in Perth in February.
In the men’s team relay, it was a 1-2-3 finish for Swimming WA members.
Patrick Hoey (Westside Christchurch) and Gregg Tidboald (Westside Christchurch) teamed up with Bobby Jovanovich (UWA) and Brodie McGowan (Breakers) to be the first Men's Team across the line finishing in 4:08:14.64.
Coming home second was ‘Bud Bullets’. The Team of William Rollo (Arena), Matthew Shaw (Breakers), Jake Smith (Breakers) and Para Nain (Perth City) finished the 19.7km journey in 4:09:21.08.
‘Millsy’s Favourites’ was the third team to cross the line and were made up of four Perth City swimmers in Callum Lauriston (15), Nick Rollo (16), Taj Jones (15) and Reilly Kennedy (15). It was a fantastic effort by the boys considering they were believed to be the youngest male team swimming in the field. They swam the Channel in a time of 04:23:27.63
The first mixed team overall was that of 'Sink or Swim'. The four ‘Sink or Swim’ members are all members of the UWA Swimming Club. The swimmers were Adam Sudlow (14), Emma Warburton (15), Jenna Brown (15) and Samuel Harlick (15). They completed the crossing in 5:06:04.50.
Claiming first place in the age category 56+ was the team of ‘SSPW 4Life’. Three of the four-team members belong to Swimming WA and the fourth was a past member. They were Jarrett Kang, Kenny Beisheuvel, D’Arcy Wilson and Corey Taylor (past member).
Picking up thirdplaced in the 56+ Female Teams was SSPW Girls. Southside Penrhos Wesley Swimming Club members; Samantha Goh (15), Sophie Drake-Brockman (15), Erin Ford (14) and Rachael Harding (15) scored themselves a beach towel memento of the occasion, and a lifetime of memories. This was the first time any these amazing young ladies did the Rotto Swim. And were very happy with the time they achieved, considering the washing machine conditions.
The outstanding results achieved by Swimming WA members was a positive sign for the sport of swimming in Western Australia, as open water swimming caters for swimmers of all ages and abilities and really appeals to those swimmers that may have drifted away from competitive pool swimming. This was a view shared by Bunbury Swimming Club President Don Bennett.
“To see the progression of some many of our pool swimmers, in particular the younger age bracket - to open water swimming – and then through to winning high profile and popular endurance races like the Rottnest is fantastic for our sport.
“There is no doubt that open water swimming gives opportunity for the many swimmers - that otherwise may drift away from competitive swimming – to keep doing something worthwhile in swimming and then opens up opportunities for them in events like Rotto.” Bennett said.
To all the swimmers who took part in the 2015 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel swim, in particular the members who posted such amazing performances, Swimming WA extends a heart-felt congratulation to you all.
FINA Approved Backstroke Wedges to be used at Australian Trials
The FINA Approved Backstroke Wedges will be utilised for the upcoming 2015 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships and the 2015 Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
The decision to include the use of the Backstroke Wedges at the upcoming Australian Trials and Australian Age and MC Age Championships has been made after the approval by FINA (November 2014) and subsequent use at the recent World Short Course Championships in Doha, Qatar (December 2014)
There will be opportunities for athletes who have not tried the equipment out, to test during 2 days of Pre Meet Training pre Australian Trials and Age Championships. Two lanes will be dedicated and backstroke wedges installed for use also during warm up and pre meet training.
Officials will receive training prior to the meet commencing.
The use of the Backstroke Wedges at the upcoming meets is NOT mandatory and the athlete can advise the Technical Official YES or NO, if they want them to install the Backstroke Wedge for them.
Regional Clubs put on a show in Exmouth for SunSmart Country Pennants
The 2015 SunSmart Country Pennants were held in Exmouth over the March long weekend, with over 1,000 swimmers, coaches and supporters packing the pool at Exmouth.
The two day pool meet saw over 500 competitors from 29 regional clubs from across Western Australia come to Exmouth to fight for the Divisional titles.
Swimming WA Development Manager Carolyn Morrison was in Exmouth for the SunSmart Country Pennants and said the Meet was highly successful.
“The country spirit and sportsmanship rivals that of the metro clubs,” Morrison said.
“Everyone was happy, excited and cheering all participants on which was great to see.
“The March Past costumes get better and better each year and there is more and more competition each year.”
The ‘Best Dressed’ March past winner went to the Peel Aquatic Swim Club who also claimed the A Grade Pennant Title. Other winners from the Meet were:
Overall Pennant winners:
E Grade - Tom Price
D Grade - Mount Barker
C Grade - Northam
B Grade - Exmouth
A Grade - Peel Overall pennants
C Grade relay - Northam
B Grade relay - Exmouth
A Grade relay - Peel
Swimmers closest to the state record:
1. Kayden Richarns - men's closest to state record 50m event - Bunbury Swim Club
2. 50m - Woman- Meagan Lemore - peel aquatic swim club
3. 100m event - Christopher Evans - peel aquatic
4. Jade Anderson - Mandurah - 100m women
The 2016 SunSmart Country Pennants will be held in Moora, with Morrison saying the Club very much looking forward to hosting next year’s event.
“Moora is very excited to be hosting the event next year and there is no doubt it will be a another fantastic Meet with a sensational atmosphere,” Morrison added.
The 2015 SunSmart Country Pennants also provided Swimming WA with the perfect opportunity to meet with the Regional Club President’s and delegates, holding a Club President’s forum on the Friday before the pool Meet.
“ We had 65 people attended the Club President’s forum,” Morrison continued.
“Having that many people there interested in what Swimming WA had to say is crucial to the development of our sport and our regional clubs.
“ It was also beneficial from Swimming WA to spend time listening to our Clubs about their local problems and issues and assisting them with how to address them, how to grow the clubs and engage new members.
“There is certainly more awareness that Swimming WA is here to help and support our Clubs.”
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Record-breaking season comes to a close in Rockingham
The hugely successful 2014/15 Open Water Series (OWS) wrapped up in Rockingham on Monday, March 2nd with over 400 competitors taking part in the season finale.
The final round of the OWS was proudly presented by Naval Base Concrete with a big crowd packing the whites sounds of the Rockingham foreshore to watch the record field compete in the 500m, 1.25km, 2.5km and 5km events.
Not only was the Rockingham event the last opportunity for competitors to take part in the record-breaking metropolitan series, for a select few it was their last chance to lay claim to be crowned the OWS Champion for 2014/15. Heading into the final round in Rockingham the Top 5 male and female swimmers were:
1. Bradley Smith 12,224.67
2. Gareth Evans 9,521.67
3. Lachlan Tassell 8,131.00
4. Alexander Freeman 7,949.66
5. Guy Harrison-Murray 7,411.67
1. Megan Stephens 10,178.33
2. Jaime Bowler 9,597.33
3. Caitlyn James 8,835.33
4. Heidi Gan 8,115.00
5. Georgina Kovas 7,812.67
The most anticipation centred on the results in the women’s races to see who would be crowned Open Water Series Champion.
Megan Stephens from Perth City came into the final round with a handy lead over her competition. She put the Open Water Series Champion result beyond doubt with a standard performance in the 2.5km race in Rockingham.
Fresh from her bronze medal at the national age open water championships; Stephens cruised to victory with a time of 37:30.50. The 15-year-old beat home Georgina Kovas (38:52.10) and Mikala Falconer (39:10.90) to take out the 2.5km event and in the process ensure she remains atop the overall series standings.
In the men’s events, Bradley Smith had an almost unassailable lead heading into the final round. The swimmer from the Breakers Club had posted top five finishes in the previous seven rounds he had competed in across the series. He did not disappoint again in the eighth and final round coming home fourth in the Men’s 5km event in a time of 1:09:10.10. Smith finished behind Benjamin Jones (1:08:58.90), Lachlan Tassell (1:09:03.30) and Nathan Saunders (1:09:06.50) who claimed first, second and third places respectively for the event.
Smith, who finished an impressive 5th amongst the Rottnest Channel solo swimmers, has been a top performer across the series and his efforts in Rockingham ensue he will be crowned the Male Open Water Series champion for 2014/15.
The Swimming WA 2014/15 Open Water Series (OWS), kicked off in front of a massive crowd at Cottesloe beach with the Premier, the Hon. Colin Barnett MLA attending to officially start the Series. From there the OWS season went from strength to strength.
Over 4,400 competitors and thousands more spectators and support crew hit the picturesque beaches of the Perth metropolitan area across the summer. Following Cottesloe, OWS events were staged in City Beach, Coogee, Champion Lakes, Sorrento, Swan River and the Point-to-Point challenge from Leighton to Swanbourne before the hugely successful 2014/15 Open Water Series (OWS) concluded in Rockingham over the March long weekend.
Now it its seventh season the OWS continues to grow from strength to strength, with record participations numbers being seen across the series resulting in a 44% increase on the previous year.
Swimming WA CEO Mr. Darren Beazley was elated with the success of the 2014/15 season and said he looked forward to the series growing further in the years to come.
“To all the competitors, coaches, officials, volunteers, sponsors and members of the public who supported the OWS during this record-breaking year, we must express an enormous thanks in making it the best series yet.
“The record participation numbers we have seen across the series shows that West Australians have a large appetite for mass participation open water events.
“Swimming WA looks forward to delivering an even bigger and better Series in 2015/16 as we continue to work towards making Swimming an essential part of the Western Australian way of life.”
For those who missed out on taking part in the metropolitan OWS, you have one final chance to participate in one of our open water events with the final Regional OWS event to be staged in Mandurah on Saturday, March 21. To enter visit the OWS website.
SunSmart Country Pennants to kick of March long weekend
The SunSmart Country Pennants is staged across two days from February 28 – March 1 in what promises to be a fantastic event.
Each year over a thousand swimmers, officials and spectators from all over the state attend making it one of the largest country swim Meets in Australia.
The SunSmart Country Pennants are held annually in different country regions.The Exmouth Amatuer Swimming Club said they are proud to be hosting this prestigious event in Exmouth on behalf of the Gascoyne and Pilbara regions.
This is the first time that the event has been held in the northwest since 2009 with the teams competing in 50m and 100m events to see who will claim one of the five divisional titles (A, B, C, D and E) up for grabs.
Swimming WA CEO Mr. Darren Beazley and Development Manager Carolyn Morrison will be heading to Exmouth for the SunSmart Country Pennants and will use this opportunity to meet with the members of regional clubs competing at the Meet.
“I am looking forward to going up to meet some of our regional Club Presidents, Officials and hard working volunteers in what promises to be a fantastic long weekend of swimming in the pool at Exmouth”, Beazley said.
As well as attending the two-day swim Meet, Swimming WA will be holding talks with all the Club Presidents and will use this opportunity to do some talent identification and launch a new junior development initiative to the regional clubs, whilst promoting the half price Swimming WA competitive membership that is currently on offer.
The SunSmart Country Pennants event will start on Saturday and will kick off with the traditional March Past, which is always a very colourful and noisy spectacle.
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2014/15 Open Water Series all comes down to Rockingham
Swimming WA’s 2014/15 Open Water Series (OWS) will come to a close on the March long weekend when the City of Rockingham hosts the final round of the metropolitan series.
Now it its seventh season, the Swimming WA OWS continues to grow from strength to strength, with record participation numbers being seen across the series.
The hugely successful 2014/15 OWS will wrap up on the Rockingham foreshore on Monday, March 2nd. Competitors will be able to enter in the 500m, 1.25km, 2.5km and 5km events with Swimming WA excited to announce Naval Base Concrete as the sponsor of the final round.
“We have been thrilled to announce that Naval Base Concrete are the sponsor for this Round,” Swimming WA CEO Mr. Darren Beazley said.
“This company is a proud supporter of community events and in association with the City of Rockingham, they are bringing the final round to the Rockingham foreshore.
“The 2014/15 season has been a resounding success, with the series so far experiencing a 44% increase in participation numbers on the previous year.
“We hope that a lot of people come down to Rockingham to see who will come out on top in the overall points category for the men and women.”
After seven hotly contested rounds the leaders in the male and female categories are as follows:
1. Bradley Smith 12,224.67
2. Gareth Evans 9,521.67
3. Lachlan Tassell 8,131.00
4. Alexander Freeman 7,949.66
5. Guy Harrison-Murray 7,411.67
1. Megan Stephens 10,178.33
2. Jaime Bowler 9,597.33
3. Caitlyn James 8,835.33
4. Heidi Gan 8,115.00
5. Georgina Kovas 7,812.67
The winners of the 2014/15 OWS will be announced at the 2015 Swimmer of the Year function, which will be held on Saturday, May 23.
Entries to the final metropolitan round close on Thursday Feb 26 (midnight). To secure your spot visit the Open Water Series website.
Following the Rockingham event, there will be one final chance to participate in one of Swimming WA’s open water events with the final Regional OWS event to be staged in Mandurah on Saturday, March 21. For more information or to enter click here.
Peel Region to host final Regional Open Water Series event of 2014/15
Swimming WA (SWA) is pleased to announce that the third and final location for the 2014/15 Regional Open Water Series (OWS) will be held in the Peel Region, with the City of Mandurah to play host to the event.
The Regional OWS is a joint initiative with SWA and Swimming Australia Ltd, and represents a cohesive approach to better service regional members by providing opportunities to participate in mass participation community events in their own backyard, with the objective to establish seven new Regional OWS rounds across the state by 2017.
The Mandurah event is planned for the weekend of 21/22 March 2015; with the location to be confirmed in the coming weeks, and follows the success of the two previous Regional OWS events staged in the Mid West (Geraldton) and Great Southern (Albany) regions during the 2014/15 season.
Both the City of Mandurah and the Department of Sport and Recreation are Supporting Partners of this event, which is fantastic news for the whole swimming community.
City of Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone said she is very excited the City has attracted another amazing sporting event to the region.
“The City’s beautiful waterways are the perfect location to host the final leg of the 2014/15 Regional Open Water Series.”
“I’m looking forward to watching our local talent compete with the best WA has to offer,” she said.
SWA Commercial and Operations Manager, Chris Rowohlt, was pleased SWA could bring the Regional OWS to the City of Mandurah and looked forward to yet another successful event for the series.
"Swimming WA is really pleased to bring a mass participation community event to the City of Mandurah,” Rowohlt said.
“We expect yet another strong turnout given the success of the two previous Regional OWS events and the record numbers we have seen across our metropolitan OWS during the 2014/15 season.
“We are hoping members of the City of Mandurah and surrounding communities, not to mention members of the metropolitan area, really get behind this event as we work towards making swimming an essential part of the WA way of life”.
For more information and to enter please visit www.openwaterswimming.com.au
Perth City claim club of the meet award at Australian Open Water Championships
West Australian open water swimmers have performed admirably at the Australian Nation Open Water Championships that were held in Perth over the weekend, with a host of our local swimmers posting podium finishes against the best in the country and Perth City rising above the rest to claim the Club of the meet award.
The opening day of the 2015 Australian Open and Age Open Water Championships in Perth saw the athletes, coaches, spectators, technical officials and staff impress with their resilience and understanding after the weather took a turn for the worse, as strong winds at Bathers Beach meant a late venue change was required.
With the weather a cause for concern, and safety of paramount importance, the Championships were soon relocated to Rockingham Beach where races eventually kicked off just after 2:30pm on Saturday.
Close to 80 competitors from Western Australian made up the over 360 entrants from around the country that competed in the two-day championships, with a total of eight age group titles going on the line.
The boy’s 13 years Australian Age title was decided at the touch with Breakers swimmer Jack Wilson (1:02:44.60) just getting the better of TSS Aquatics’ James Otley-Doe (1:02:46.30) for the win. The bronze medal went to Stuart Swinburn from Uniswim New South Wales in 1:03:47.10.
In the corresponding girl’s event it was Chloe Green from Perth City rounding out the top three grabbing the bronze in a time of 1:09:06.00. Green finished behind Mackenzie Brazier from Mountain Creek Mooloolaba who took top spot in a time of 1:06:05.50 with the silver medal going to Emily Doyle.
Breakers Swim Club member Keiren Pollard missed out on silver in the boys 15 years 5km event by 0.50. Pollard (1:00:33.00) finished third behind Mountain Creek Mooloolaba swimmer Jack Brazier who picked up an open water double, taking out the boy’s 15 years 5km event after also picking up the 10km title. Cormac Guthrie was second grabbing the sliver with his time of 1:00:32.
Also picking up the 5 and 10km double was Bianca Crisp from TSS Aquatics in Queensland. Crisp touched the finish gate four seconds ahead of her closest competitor in a time of 1:07:20.90 to take the 15 years Australian Age title. The silver medal went to Sheree Farrell in 1:07:24.10 with Perth City swimmer Megan Stephens bagging the bronze in 1:07:32.80.
The 16-year-old boys remained side-by-side all the way to the finish with just over a second separating the top three competitors. Perth City’s Nicholas Rollo fought strongly all the way to the line but in the end it was Matthew Avery from Lawnton in Queensland who was first with a time of 1:00:20.30. Sneaking into second place just a second behind in 1:00:21.30 was Rollo with Daniel McConnell relegated to third in 1:00:21.70.
In the girl’s 16 years 5km it was once again a Perth City Swim Club member finishing on the podium. Chloe Truscott stopped the clock in 1:06:36.07 to bag the silver behind Mountain Creek Mooloolaba swimmer Phoebe Hines, who was awarded her second medal of the meet with a gold medal winning in 1:02:05.80 ahead of Emma Gillingham (1:07:15.10) who was third.
The top six boys in the 17/18years age group all clocked a sub one-hour time for the 5km event with Daniel Collins from Hunter New South Wales the best of the bunch in 57:27.30. The silver medallist was Nick Sloman in 57:29.40 while Solomon Wright (Perth City) was awarded the bronze in 57:34.30.
The girl’s 17/18 years 5km Australian Age title went to Holly Dever (1:04:52.16) of Waterlions in Victoria with Sarah McNevin (1:04:52.40) second and Perth City’s Melanie Kennedy (1:05:03.70) third.
In the Multi Class 5km open water event it was defending champion and dual Paralympian Brenden Hall who once again took the Australian title in a time of 57:35.10 ahead of Perth City’s Guy Harrison-Murray in 1:00:25.60.
The hotly contested Open men’s 5km event kicked off proceedings on day two, with just six seconds separating the top five swimmers.
Silver medallist from the Australian Open Water Championship in the 10km event, O’Brien was in a fight to the finish with World University Games representative Sam Sheppard and World Championship representatives Rhys Mainstone, Simon Huitenga and Jarrod Poort.
The boys were in a tussle for the 5km title and as they approached the finish gate it was rising star O’Brien who upstaged his experienced competitors and managed to break away to get the first touch on the gate, stopping the clock in a time of 55:35.00.
The silver medal, went to West Australian local Mainstone in 55:38.00, who snuck into second place just three seconds behind O’Brien, with his fellow West Aussie, Huitenga (Perth City) third in 55:38.50.
In the Open women’s 5km events Pan Pacific Championship bronze medallist and World Championship representative Gubecka was too strong for the rest of the field, finishing just over the hour mark in a time of 1:00:59.70.
After taking home the silver medal in the 10km event at the Australian Championships, 16-year-old Gubecka joined O’Brien and upgraded to gold, adding another medal to her ever-growing collection.
The silver and bronze medals were awarded to Gubecka’s Pan Pacific Championship teammates Jessica Walker (1:01:20.20) and Kareena Lee (1:01:27.00) respectively.
In the 10km open water events, WA swimmers once again featured prominently on the podium.
In the boy’s 15 years-age-group it was Perth local Callum Lauriston (1:55:42.50) from the Perth City Swim Club who claimed silver behind Jack Brazier from Mountain Creek Mooloolaba. Brazier was awarded the Australian Age Open Water title after he hit the gate in a time of 1:55:25.10. Cormac Guthrie (1:57:22.00) was third.
In the boy’s 14-years Australian Age race, West Australian local Benjamin Read from the Rockingham Swimming Club bagged the bronze in 2:13:51.20. Dylan Mason from Waterworx was crown national age champion after he hit the gate in a time of 1:57:26.00 over four minutes clear of the second placed Hayden Cotter from Lawnton in 2:01:38.20.
Perth City’s Nicholas Rollo (1:57:24.80) made it two podium finishes for the championships after claiming bronze in the 10km 16 years age group event to go along side his silver in the 5km event. The gold medal went to Miami’s Bailey Armstrong with Lawnton’s Matthew Avery (1:56:33.50) rounded out the top three ahead of Rollo.
Swimming WA would like to congratulate all the swimmers, coaches and technical officials on their fantastic performances over weekend in representing the state on the national stage.
Australia's best open water swimmers to battle it out in Fremantle this weekend
The 2015 Australian Open and Age Open Water Championships will kick off tomorrow with over 360 swimmers from across Australia descending on Bathers Beach in Fremantle, Perth, on the hunt for age group titles in both the 5km and 10km distances, as well as Open titles up for grabs in both the able-bodied and Multi Class 5km events.
Some of Australia’s best open swimmers will be on show, including Olympian Jarrod Poort along with his 2014 Pan Pacific Championship teammates Simon Huitenga, Rhys Mainstone, Chelsea Gubecka and Kareena Lee.
After taking the national 10km title at the recent BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series, Swim the Swan, Poort will race in the 5km event on Sunday 15 February as the defending champion and the one to beat, but will face tough competition from West Australian local Huitenga.
Following a photo finish in the national 10km event at the Swim the Swan, there is no doubt the men will be hot on each other’s heels as they look to secure a place on the podium in Perth.
In the corresponding women’s open 5km race, 16-year-old Pan Pacs bronze medallist Gubecka will set out from the shoreline in search of her second consecutive title in the event. With a silver medal to her name from the 10km event, Gubecka will be hoping to move her way up the ranks to gold on Sunday but will need to keep a close eye on her Pan Pacs teammates Lee and Walker, as well as Junior Pan Pacs representative and Perth local Sacha Downing, who will all be in the mix for a medal.
In the Multi Class disciplines, defending champion Brenden Hall will go head-to-head with West Australian local, Guy Harrison-Murray in the 5km event, while silver medallist from last year Rakiya Thomas will be the sole representative for the women.
Harrison-Murray who swims with Perth City successfully gained his Australian citizenship at the beginning of this year and will now be eligible for selection into senior Paralympic teams.
A total of eight age group titles will also be on offer over the two days with races commencing at 8:00am on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 February.
In conjunction with the Australian Open and Age Open Water Championships, Swimming Australia will today hold a development activity as part of the Junior Excellence (JX) Program.
Children aged between 11 and 13 years were invited to participate in a clinic run by senior open water swimmer Sam Sheppard and then join in an introductory 2.5km open water race.
Following the race, the JX swimmers will be presented with certificates and treated to a barbecue lunch.
For more information go to: http://www.swimming.org.au/article.php?group_id=42025
Race program Saturday 14 February:
Event 1 Boy’s 14 – 18 Years 10km - 8:00am
Event 2 Girl’s 14 – 18 Years 10km - 11:00am
Event 3 Boy’s 13 Years 5km - 2:00pm
Event 4 Girl’s 13 Years 5km - 2:15pm
Race program Sunday 15 February:
Event 5 Men’s Open 5km - 8:00am
Event 6 Men’s Open MC 5km - 8:00am
Event 7 Boy’s 18 & 17, 16, Years 5km - 8:00am
Event 8 Women’s Open 5km - 9:30am
Event 9 Women’s Open MC 5km - 9:30am
Event 10 Girls 18 & 17, 16 Years 5km - 9:30am
Event 11 Boy’s 15 & 14 Years 5km - 11:00am
Event 12 Girl’s 15 & 14 Years 5km - 11:15am
A message from the CEO
Swimming WA CEO, Mr. Darren Beazley, delivers a message to the swimming community.
The purpose of these monthly messages from the organisation’s CEO is to provide members of the swimming community from all around our great state, an update of some of the happenings in Swimming in Western Australia.
In the February edition, Beazley discusses:
- 50% Competitve Membership Discount* to all new members
- Club Goverance & MPIO appointments
- The Australian Open & Age Open Water Championships (Bathers Beach, Freamanlte - Feb 13-15)
- Country Pennants (Exmouth - Feb 28 - Mar 1)
- Final Round of the 2014/15 OWS (Rockingham - Mar 2)
- Indian Ocean All Stars
To view the video in full, visit the Swimming WA YouTube channel by clicking the image above.
* Discount applies to all new competitive members who have never before been a member of an Affiliated Club
West Australian Newspaper Scholarship winners announced
During the recent 2015 Swimming WA State Open and Age Championships, open aged athletes had the opportunity to not only strive for state glory, but also lay claim to the best open swimmers at the meet and in the process pocket $1000 each thanks to the West Australian Newspaper Scholarship.
The West Australian Newspaper is the Official Media Partner of Swimming WA and they are committed to supporting talented swimmers in WA. With the West Australian Newspaper Open Scholarship, the paper giant will sponsor two (2) WA athletes (1 male & 1 female) in 2015 based on performances achieved at the 2015 Open and Age Long Course State Championships.
At the conclusion of the 2015 Swimming WA State Open and Age Championships, which were held at HBF Stadium in January, Tommy Sucipto from the Leisurepark Lazers Swim Club was named the male athlete of the meet, and Jessica Pengelly from the West Coast Swim Club was named the female athlete of the meet.
Sucipto broke his own WA resident record in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke setting a new state mark of 1:01.41 for the event. The 20-year-old was in a heavy training load with a focus on the Nationals in April with his long-term goal making the team for Rio in 2016.
Sucipto has grown up hoping to emulate the feats of breaststroke world champion Christian Sprenger and was pleased to be swimming faster than he was this time last year.
“Brenton Rickard and Christian Springer are two guys who I have looked up to when I was younger, so to be racing against him (Springer) is really good opportunity for me,” Sucipto said.
“I was quite surprised to be swimming as fast as I did at the states. I am swimming faster than I was this time last year so it is good signs for the year ahead.
“I just want to really improve from last year and see how close I can get to on selection to the World Championships.”
For 2014 Commonwealth Games representative Jessica Pengelly, the feet of being awarded the Female WAN Scholarship for her performance in the 400m Freestyle event, is even more staggering considering she broke her hand in November at the Australian Short Course Titles in Adelaide.
“I broke my hand as I hit the wall in the backstroke at the National Short Course.
“It was a little bit of a set back with my gym work and it took a little while before I could swim in the butterfly and breaststroke. Freestyle was the first stroke I could do,” said the Glasgow Commonwealth Games representative.
It was a busy swim meet for Pengelly who had a full program of events and said she was a little way off the qualifying time set to make the Australian team for Kazkan but was hopeful of bring her times down at the April trials and finishing on the podium.
Both Pengelly and Sucipto were thrilled to receive the funding from the West Australian and said the $1000 would greatly assist them throughout 2015.
“As a swimmer, getting jobs is difficult as we have to commit so much time to training and also travel a lot to compete. It will be good to help out with getting additional swim gear and have a little bit extra in the pocket,” Sucipto said.
“It is always great to get some extra funding. It helps contribute towards extra training like Pilates or physio sessions,” Pengelly added.
“I am very grateful for it and it is always good to have extra publicity around our sport.”
Olympic stars to visit Great Southern region during community program
The BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series international pool event maybe behind us, but the Community Program rolls on with some of Australia’s greatest Olympians to visit the Great Southern Region this week.
Former Australian Swim Team Coach Leigh Nugent will join the likes of Libby Trickett, Kenrick Monk and Kate Hooper in the five-day community program that will see the group hold talks and conduct free swimming and water polo clinics in Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun, Mt. Barker and Albany.
Four schools will be visited during the BHP Billiton community program that kicks off on Thursday February 10th and runs through until Monday Feb 15th. The all-star lineup will hold talks with a number of children from both primary and high school, spreading the message of the benefit of leading a healthy and active lifestyle and encouraging the members of the Great Southern community to take part in the pool clinics in their region.
Those that register for the free pool clinics will have the opportunity to take part in the1.5 hour session with the Australian Olympians, with each clinic beginning with swimming before the lane ropes are pulled out at half time for water polo.
There will also be the opportunity for children to grab the signature of the Olympic stars at one of the many athlete-signing sessions that will take place over the duration of the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series Community Program.
Hopetoun is a small and tightknit community and locals as well as people from other towns are invited to come along to a BBQ on Friday afternoon to meet and spend time mingling with the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series community team on the beach.
Local coaches as well as teachers and swimming club members will also get the chance to rub shoulders with Trickett, Monk, Hooper and Nugent at the Department of Sport and Recreation Coaches Breakfast on Monday morning in Albany.
To register for one of the FREE Great Southern pool clinics, click here.
At the completion of the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series Great Southern trip, Leigh Nugent will head back to Perth to hold a Coaches’ forum on Monday, February 16th. The topic will be ‘Transition Age Group athletes to Open’. The forum will go for 1.5 hours and will be held at the home of Swimming WA at Beatty Park.
To register for this forum contact Swimming WA Coaching Coordinator Eleanor Cribb on (08) 9328 4599.
Team Aussie to take on Team Asia at Indian Ocean All Star meet
For those unfamiliar with the concept, the Indian Ocean All Stars is an international swim meet, with a group from all around the Asia region coming to Perth to take on a combined Australian team comprising of WA and Interstate club swimmers.
The event will take place at HBF Stadium over the Easter long weekend from April 4th- 5th and is a fantastic meet for up and coming athletes as well as coaches to participate in.
Team Asia has always been exceptionally well organised and took home the trophy last year. Aussie pride will be on the line in 2015 as Team Aussie strives to take back the trophy against what is being tipped as the biggest Team Asia contingent seen in years set to hit our shores.
For the swimmers the Indian Ocean All Stars is a chance to represent their country and meet other swimmers from around the world, whilst racing at a high level meet in a friendly and fun environment.
Plus for those swimmers that missed out on making it to the Nationals, this is the perfect meet to aim for, as it is the last chance for Junior Athletes to gain times for Junior Long Course Championships.
The Indian Ocean All Stars represents not only a great opportunity for the swimmers but our coaches as well. For the coaches they have the opportunityto take control of a team age group as well for the purposes of warm-ups, relays etc. This meet very much represents a group environment with a focus on ‘Team Aussie’.
Coaches who are keen to gain some invaluable training hours and get involved are encouraged to contact Swimming WA Coaching Coordinator Eleanor Cribb.
The $80 entry includes two (2) shirts, swimming cap, mesh bag and entry into 8 events.
Entries close on March 5th (no late entries) and can be done directly online so get cracking and get on board this great WA event.
When & where:
3rd April (Good Friday) - 4-5pm (TBC) - Team training session, familiarisation with age group coach, team bonding and uniform distribution.
4th & 5th April (Easter) - 8am onward - Lets race!
Throssell and Incerti bag SCODY scholarships
Two of Western Australia’s brightest young swim stars, Brianna Throssell and Zac Incerti, have been rewarded for their fantastic performances at the recent 2015 Swimming WA State Open and Age Championships by being named the female and male winners of the SCODY Junior Scholarship.
SCODY, the Official Clothing Supplier of Swimming WA, offered two athletes a bounty which included $500 in cash and $1500 worth of SCODY apparel to each of the best Junior (18 years and under) male and female swimmers at the state titles.
Throssell, who represented Australia at the World Short Course championships in December, continued her stellar form in the pool by breaking four state residential records throughout the championships including the 200m Freestyle plus the 100m and 200m Butterfly events. The star from the Perth City Swimming Club was absolutely thrilled to be awarded the SCODY scholarship considering the amount of young talent coming out of WA at the moment, and said the support offered by the Clothing Supplier was fantastic.
“It was always going to be tough to win it (SCODY Scholarship) as there were a lot of girls breaking state records, but I was lucky enough to come away with the Scholarship so I am over the moon about that,” said Youth Olympic representative Throssell.
“$500 cash is awesome and the apparel will be great and it will be awesome to represent SCODY.
“It is absolutely awesome to have SCODY come on board and support the athletes, it is just fantastic.”
Incerti has burst on the swimming scene in the past 12-months, showing a rapid improvement after first being spotted by Coach Mick Palfrey at the 2014 Country Championships.
At the 2015 Swimming WA State Open and Age Championships, the ‘Boy from Broome’ broke a long standing state residential record in the Men’s 100m Backstroke, whilst also claiming the blue ribbon event in the Men’s 100m Freestyle, beating home a crack field. The youngster, who now swims with the West Coast Swim Club, described being awarded the SCODY Scholarship as an “honour”.
“I was pretty excited when I found out I was being awarded the SCODY Scholarship,” said the 18-year-old.
“It is a huge honour to be represented as a SCODY athlete. $500 is quite a bit of money and it will be good to wearing the SCODY gear in 2015.”
Scott off to Germany as Berlin Open added to Paralympic Performance Schedule
To maximise international Paralympic competition opportunities and leading into the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016, Swimming Australia will send a group of 16 swimmers to compete at the Berlin Open in April 2015.
The Berlin Open will provide beneficial race practice against strong competition ahead of the 2015 IPC World Championships in Glasgow.
2014 Commonwealth Games representative Madeleine Scott will be the only West Australian in the squad of 16 athletes, with the swimmer from Leisurepark Lazers looking to continue to build on her strong performances shown at the 2014 National Short Course titles in Adelaide where she claimed two national titles and a world record in the 50m Butterfly.
Paralympic Performance Manager Adam Pine said creating opportunities for our team to challenge themselves ahead of the Rio Olympic Games was a vital step in the push to become the number one Para swimming nation.
“The chance to race quality international competition in Europe in April and practise time zone changes ahead of the World Championships in the UK this July will be an invaluable experience for our top swimmers.
“In May 2013 we sent ten Para swimmers to the Berlin Open, and found it to be a very strong international event with quality performances and I’m pleased to increase the number of athletes and provide more racing exposure in 2015,” Pine said.
Commonwealth Games gold medallists and world record holders Maddison Elliott and Rowan Crothers will headline the team that also includes Paralympians Ahmed Kelly, Blake Cochrane, Brenden Hall, Michael Anderson, Daniel Fox and Mathew Levy.
The team will depart Sydney for Berlin on 12 April 2015 following the conclusion of the 2015 Australian Swimming Championships.
2015 Berlin Open Team
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Aussies set for Mexico Wave
On an overcast morning at Perth’s Iconic Swan River, hundreds of smiling faces lined the Barrack Street Jetty in preparation for the open water Swim the Swan Challenge as part of the 2015 BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series, with the event also acting as Round 7 of Swimming WA’s Open Water Series (OWS).
The stakes were high among the Australian elite competitors, with the men’s and women’s open 10km race doubling as the Australian Championship event and as a selection opportunity for the FINA World Cup in Mexico.
The top three Australians from today’s events qualified for selection for the World Cup in Mexico, where the three men and three women will compete against the world’s best with just the top two Aussies then progressing onto the World Championships team.
All eyes will then be on Kazan, Russia, where the World Championships will be held. With Olympic quota spots on the line, a top-10 finish at the event will see the athletes nominated for selection onto the 2016 Australian Olympic Team.
Open Water Head Coach Ron McKeon said any chance for the swimmers to race a competitive international field at home was a great opportunity for their race skill and development leading into Rio.
“Any time our guys get to compete in an international field it is a great step towards Rio,” McKeon said.
“Fingers crossed we are going to put our best foot forward and get our athletes on the Olympic Team this year.”
There was little separating the lead pack in the men’s 10km with a photo finish required for official results as they stormed towards the finish gate on the Swan River.
To see the video of the exciting finish, like Swimming WA on Facebook.
Team USA managed to grab the top two spots today with Andrew Gemmell and Alex Meyer hitting the gate in 1:45:26.90 and 1:45:28.30 respectively while third place went to Daniel Fogg from Great Britain in 1:45:28.35.
After picking up the pace in the last lap, Jarrod Poort managed to successfully defend his Australian title from 2014 and finish with a time of 1:45:29.90.
Poort, the silver medallist from the Pan Pacific Championships, was fourth overall but was the first Aussie to finish the gruelling marathon swim with a gutsy sprint to the finish gate.
The finish was incredibly close with less than five seconds separating the top five; Poort said it all came down to the last lap.
“That last 2kms, everyone is going for it. You don’t want to let anyone pass you in that last 2km. You go past people, people don’t go past you,” Poort said.
The Illawarra swimmer said he was looking to finish in the top three overall but was happy to once again take the Australian Championship crown.
“I’m a little bit disappointed the international boys took the overall win but it was great to have them over here. They are some of the best open water guys in the world and it’s really good for us Aussie boys and the sport to have them over here.
“This was the first step of three steps [leading to Rio]. We had to be top three here to qualify for Mexico and now us Aussie boys are all fighting for those two spots [to qualify for World Championships]. It’s tough. It was tough today. We are all such good mates but we all pushed each other really well I think,” he added.
The next best Aussie was George O’Brien (1:45:31.50) who snuck in ahead of Perth local Simon Huitenga (1:45:44.80)
Huitenga said it was a tough race, but he was pleased to have achieved his goal.
“That was the main goal, being on the team for Mexico,” he said.
“It was a hot field. I saw Andrew Gemmill up front and then it was just chasing the feet.”
In the women’s event, the Aussie trio of Mel Gorman (2:09:23.20), Chelsea Gubecka (2:09:33.00) and Kareena Lee (2:09:43.30) finished as the top three Australians with Gorman taking out the title of Australian Champion.
“I was actually really happy with my performance today,” 29-year-old Gorman said.
“To be able to stay up with that lead pack - it was a great international field we had here today - so to be able to stay up with the best of them is very promising.
“It’s a tough long selection process towards the Olympics but I am really excited to have made it through the first round so I’ve got a couple of months now to hopefully get into some hard training. I’m looking forward to Mexico and will hopefully get a top-two placing in the Aussies there to qualify for our World Champs team.”
Gorman is an experienced campaigner having competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and after some time out of the sport with injury is now looking to build to her third Games.
“I tried to make a bit of a break at the 5km mark which was probably not the smartest move considering the training I have had leading into this,” Gorman said.
“I have had a few problems with my shoulder so haven’t really done the work that I would have liked to but I had to back myself and go out there and have a crack. Unfortunately the pack caught back up to me but I just tried to stay with them leading into the final stages and I am just happy that I didn’t fall off the pace.
“I’ve got to have a little bit of time off now to rest my shoulder and get it fixed up and back to 100 per cent. Then I’ll really try and get in a hard training block and get in as much hard work as I can leading into Mexico.”
At just 16, Gubecka has taken the all-important first steps to making her second World Championships team.
“It was very tough,” the Kawana Waters swimmer said of the race.
“The whole race was so phenomenal. The amount of people in the race was just amazing and to have that many international competitors come to Australia and compete here was just awesome.
“We had three Aussies right up there in the top 10. Melissa Gorman did so well today and so did Kareena Lee. And now we are all going to Mexico - it’s so exciting.”
Lee, also from the Sunshine Coast, continued her good form after finishing fourth at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Maui.
Sharon Van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands was the outright winner of the elite 10km event, finishing in 2:08:38.10. The Dutch swimmer held off a strong surge at the finish to beat Keri-Anne Payne (2:09:16.50) of Great Britain and Rebecca Mann (2:09:18.30) of the USA who were forced to settle for second and third respectively.
WA teenager Sacha Downing finished in 15th, just behind Perth City teammate Heidi Gan, who swan for Malaysia.
Full results and information will be available online at www.aquaticsuperseries.com.au
As for the OWS event, a record field of 600 entrants took part, with just over 500 competitors talking part in the community 500m, 1.25km, 2.5km, 5km and 10km events.
The final round of Swimming WA’s OWS takes place on the March weekend, with the 8 round series set to conclude on the white sands of the Rockingham foreshore.
To enter or for more information on the Swimming WA’s OWS, visit www.openwaterswimming.com.au
Swimming WA appoints new Club Development Coordinator
Swimming WA (SWA) is pleased to announce its latest member of staff, Emily Balcombe. Emily will commence in her new full-time position as Swimming WA Club Development Coordinator as of Monday, 2nd February 2015.
As the Club Development Coordinator, Emily will be responsible for:
- Club Governance and Support
- Links between Swim Schools and Clubs
- Junior Dolphins
- JX/YPS Enquiries
- Dive ‘N’ Try
- Go Swim
- Education & Training for Volunteers
- SWA Conference
Emily comes to SWA with an excellent knowledge of our sport, having been a competitive swimmer, but also having spent 12 months working with Department of Sport and Recreation in a Graduate position.
Emily is highly passionate about swimming and has been involved in the sport at a young age, holding state records and qualifying for open nationals. Emily swam with Victoria Park Swimming Club for 5 years before moving to Southside Penrhos Wesley Swimming Club for a further 6 years.
Swimming WA Development Manager, Carolyn Morrison was delighted to announce Emily’s appointment saying:
“Emily has an infectious energy for sport and a passion for helping others so she will be a great addition to the Development team and our SWA family.”
Emily's passion in sport motivated her to study a Bachelor of Sport, Event and Recreation Management at Edith Cowan University. Throughout her studies she has been a swimming coach for 4 years and a Swim School Coordinator. Balcombe said she was “excited” to start her new role with Swimming WA.
“I am looking forward to working with a great bunch of people at Swimming WA and I am very excited to start in February as the new Club Development Coordinator,” Emily Balcombe said.
Australian Swim Team looking for hat-trick of titles
The 24-strong Australian Swim Team will be looking to take home their third straight title at the 2015 BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series this weekend, after taking the honours at the series for the past two years.
With the addition of Team USA this year, as well as Japan and China on the roster, the Australian Swim Team will line up on the blocks against some of the best competitors in the world as they fight for first place in front of a home crowd.
After touching down in Perth on Tuesday January 27, the team spent the past few days training in the outdoor pool at HBF Stadium in Perth, finalising their race preparation before the swimming starts on Friday 30 January and continues on Saturday night 31 January from 5:30pm (WA time).
With many of the swimmers in the middle of tough training, the meet will be used to benchmark where they are in relation to the other nations leading into the National Championships in April this year and then onto the World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championship gold medallist in the 100m freestyle Cate Campbell will race alongside her sister Bronte in the sprint events on Friday and Saturday night with the pair entered in both the 50 and 100m freestyle and are likely to feature in a number of relays.
Bronte, who won silver at the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships in the 100m freestyle, along with Cate, both demonstrated their early season speed at the Victorian State Championships earlier this month and will go into their sprint events as the ones to beat.
The sister act will also need to keep an eye on emerging sprinter Shannon Vreeland from the USA.
The men’s sprint events will see a superstar line up with gold medallists from the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships Cameron McEvoy and James Magnussen going head-to-head with World Championship bronze medallist Jimmy Feigen and Olympic gold medallist Cullen Jones from the USA.
McEvoy will then join his teammate Thomas Fraser-Holmes in the line-up for the men’s 200m freestyle to take on the versatile 11-time Olympic medallist Ryan Lochte in what will be a three-way tussle for the title.
In the backstroke, Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin will be looking to continue on their run of success from the 2014 swimming season which saw them win medals at three major international meets – the Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacific Championships and World Short Course Championships.
World Short Course and Commonwealth Games Champion Larkin will need to overcome Olympic gold medallist Tyler Clary from the USA and the always competitive Olympic silver medallist Ryosuke Irie from Japan.
While Seebohm, who won gold in Glasgow and then again on the Gold Coast, will need to look out for her teammate Madi Wilson and China’s Fu Yuanhui, who was an Olympic finalist in 2012.
The strong Aussie team will also include four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Emma McKeon and her brother, dual medallist from the Commonwealth Games David McKeon.
The women’s water polo game will follow the swimming action, commencing at 8:00pm on Friday night with the Aussie Stingers coming up against the Chinese while the Aussie men’s Sharks will face the men’s team from the USA at 3:45pm on 31 Saturday January, preceding the swimming.
The BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series will officially begin this Friday, 30 January with tickets available through www.ticketmaster.com.au
For more information including a full start list, go to www.aquaticsuperseries.com.au
To access the media guide please follow this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cr2ed3vvjpdbwap/AABdAOGPQHQv-9pwUHaa2pRKa?dl=0
SCODY Lane winner announced.
In partnership with SCODY, Swimming WA ran the ‘SCODY Lane’ competition throughout the duration of the recent 2015 Swimming WA State Open and Age Championships.
For the 5-days of competition, Lane 6 was known as 'the ‘SCODY Lane’ during the nightly Finals action.
What this entailed was that any open or age swimmer who won their Final from Lane 6, the ‘SCODY Lane’, would go into the running to win a double pass to the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series VIP Terrace, which includes food and beverages.
This exclusive prize gives the lucky winner the opportunity to mingle and mix with the corporate world of Swimming as well as grab some of the best seats in the house to watch the world’s best swimmers in action.
The following swimmers won a Final from the ‘SCODY Lane’ (Lane 6) at the 2015 Swimming WA State Open and Age Championships and went in the draw for the major prize:
Kieren Pollard Breakers 200m Individual Medley
Ethan McAleese Rockingham 200m Breaststroke
Julian Bulich Bay View Saints 100m Freestyle
Helen Claxton Breakers 100m Backstroke
Brittany Beesley Arena 50m Freestyle
Kara Broadbridge SSPW 50m Freestyle
Kate Bird Perth City 100m Breaststroke
And the winner of the double pass to the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series VIP Terrance is… KATE BIRD from Perth City Swim Club. Congratulations!!!
Thanks very much to SCODY for their support in this competition and well done to all those swimmers who defied the odds and won their Final from lane 6, and congratulations to all swimmers who competed at the 2015 Swimming WA State Open and Age Long Course Championships.
VALE : John Fussell
John passed away on Monday (January 26th) during a masters open water swim event in Halls Head, Mandurah.
John was still competing regularly in masters swimming events and participated in the World Masters Championships in late 2014.
John was a long serving member of the Western Australian swimming community. Coaching for a number of decades most recently at the Riverside Club, Fussell has also sat on the Committee of the Riverside Swimming Club for a number of years.
John has also been a wonderful ambassador for the sport of swimming and has been a great advocate for school swimming (John was a teacher by trade, current Principal of Balga Primary School) and was integral in getting the Western Australian state schoolboys and schoolgirls swim team back up and running in 2012 and has been a coach on the team the last 3 years. John was due to travel away with the team again in 2015.
In 2014 Fussell was presented with a long service award from School Sport Australia for his services to swimming.
On behalf of Swimming WA and the Swimming Community as a whole, we extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family, friends and loved ones of John Fussell during this difficult time.
Promise of warm weather draws thousands to Sorrento OWS event
Western Australians love nothing more than to head to the beach on a warm summers day but the sight of thousands of ‘Sandgropers’ kicking off their Australia Day celebrations by taking in all the fun and excitement of Swimming WA’s Open Water Series (OWS) event at Sorrento Beach was something to behold.
An estimated 3,000 people took advantage of the wonderful weather to head beachside on January 26th to enjoy an action filled morning of open water swimming and fun family beach activities at Sorrento Beach. The Yahava coffee van was alos on site keeping the large crowd well fueled with a caffeine fix and in the process donating $0.50 from every coffee sold on the day to Swimming WA.
A record 861 competitors participated in the huge Australia Day swim, with the expansive white sands of Sorrento Beach in the City of Joondalup - who generously supported the event - the ideal setting for this enormous event.
The sixth round in Swimming WA’s OWS catered for swimmers of all abilities, with entrants taking part in the 500m, 1.25km, 2.5km, 5km and 10km events; with the main focus being on the 10km event, which was the Official Rehearsal for the 2015 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.
OWS competitors and support crew were not the only ones lapping up the wonderful beachside atmosphere, with smiles adorning the beaming faces of all the children who took full advantage of the free beach activities put on by ABD Events. For close to 3-hours, hundreds of children started their Australia Day celebrations early by enjoying the myriad of beach activities on offer such as a scavenger hunt, panning for gold, duck races, face painting, inflatable castles, slides and more.
As the children played, over 1,000 fluorescent swim caps and support paddleboats spanned the coastline as competitors swam along the rectangular open watercourse.
Most of the focus of the large crowd in attendance was to see who would claim line honours in the big 10km event. After two and a quarter hours in the water, nothing separated the three leading swimmers. As the group of Zach Bevan, Gareth Evans and Bradley Smith turned the final marker buoy, the men were side-by-side going stroke-for-stroke; in scenes reminiscent of the thrilling finish to the previous round at Swanbourne. As the men made there way up onto the beach, it was once more Gareth Evans who was able to edge out his rivals, crossing the line in 2:15:17.60. Evans was closely followed by Zach Bevan (2:15:19.30) with Bradley Smith a mere 4-seconds behind the winner completing the 10km event in 2:15:21.20.
In the Women’s event, Jaime Bowler cruised to a comfortable victory, finishing fourth overall just behind the three leading men in a time of 2:16:55.40. Bowler finished streaks ahead of the remainder of the women’s field with Sigrid De Vries (2:29:14.6) picking up the silver and Caitlyn James grabbing the bronze in a time of 2:31:55.70
The 10km open water event also had special significance, as it was the last opportunity for those aiming to swim solo to Rottnest next month able to post a qualifying time. Of the 166 competitors who finished the 10km distance race, 164 made the cut-off time, with Katrina Burton being the last to qualify for Rottnest. As Burton ran up the beach, the screams from the crowd lining the sand helped to lift her across the line, seconds ahead of the cut off time.
The focus of the OWS quickly shifts to the next event, which is to be held this Sunday, February 1st, with the iconic Swan River playing host to Round 7 of the OWS.
The #SwimTheSwan event forms part of the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series, in what will be a wonderful spectacle for the public. The world’s best open water swimmers, with Western Australia’s own Simon Huitenga and Rhys Mainstone taking on the likes of Alex Myers (USA), Ferry Weertman (NED) and Andreas Waschburger (GER) in the Men’s and Australia’s Mel Gorman and Chelsea Gubeka going up against Hayley Anderson (USA), Aurelie Muller (FRA) and Keri-Anne Payne (GBR).
The #SwimtheSwan event will also boast a community participation event, with 600 competitors expected for the penultimate round of Swimming WA’s 2014/15 OWS with swimmers able to enter into the 500m, 1.25km, 2.5km, 5km and 10km swim legs.
So make sure you get down to the Swan River this Sunday, February 1st to witness the world’s best in action, whilst the public have some #SuperSeriousFun in the community event.
For more information on the Open Water Series or to enter, visit the website www.openwaterswimming.com.au
Thousands expected for big Australia Day swim
January 26th is special day for the nation, as we celebrate the pride of living in this great nation, and this Australia Day thousands of people are expected to head to Sorrento Beach for Swimming WA’s big Open Water Series (OWS) event.
Round 6 of OWS will take place just south of the Hillary’s Boat harbour. A record 825 competitors have preregistered for what will be a massive event with competitors taking part in the 500m, 1.25km, 2.5km, 5km and 10km race distances.
The big Australia Day swim in the pristine waters of Sorrento Beach also acts as the Official Rehearsal for the 2015 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel swim, with the event being the last opportunity for those wanting to swim solo to Rottnest able to qualify.
For Swimming WA CEO Mr. Darren Beazley, the Australia Day swim was a great opportunity for the public to celebrate our nation’s day.
“We have seen record numbers across the series and the massive numbers registered for the big Australia Day up in Sorrento is amazing to see,” Mr. Beazley said
“Swimming WA continues to be a leader in running open water swim events, and the 2014/15 OWS is a reflection of that.
“The open water event at Sorrento is not only going be a big event for the all the competitors but for the public as well. There will be a number of fun beach activities for the whole family to enjoy like bouncy castles, face painting, a scavenger hunt and more.
“January 26th will be great morning for families to head to Sorrento beach to celebrate some of the many things that make Australia great and we encourage you all to come down to enjoy the day as we feel a sense of pride as a nation.”
“We would like to thank the generous support we have received from the City of Joondalup and the ABD Group for their assistance in making this huge event happen.
It is a big week for swimming, in particular open water swimming, with the Swim the Swan event; which is part of the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series just around the corner. Following the Round 6 Australia Day swim, the seventh Round of the OWS will be held on February 1st. The Swim the Swan event will see some of the world’s best open water swimmers take to the iconic Perth river, with the general public also able to get involved with a community event offering them the chance to swim in the 500m up to 10km events.
Don’t sit back; get involved, as the next month really is ‘swimming’s time’!
For more infomrmation on the upcoming OWS events, visit www.openwaterswimming.com.au
New 'Sprint King' crowned as States come to a close
The final night of the 2015 Swimming WA State Open and Age Championships was yet another spectacular night of elite level swimming, and in a rich tradition of sprint freestylist, Western Australia has a new sprint king.
The Men’s 100m Freestyle Final was the most eagerly anticipated race of the State Titles and had the entire stadium on the edge of their seats as the gladiators of the men’s division lined up behind the blocks for the ‘blue ribbon’ event.
After the first fifty, it was Ta Haumi Maxwell who turned first, but as the big boys of the pool powered their way home, it was West Coast’s rising star Zac Incerti who came over the top of the crack field to edge out the interstate raiders with a super slick time of 50.73, a mere 0.05 seconds ahead of Sydney’s Te Haumi Maxwell. Patrick Hoey from Westside Christchurch touch the wall in 51.33 to grab third place.
Minutes after claiming the premier event of the competition, the ‘Boy from Broome’ was back in the water, this time leaving the 50m Backstroke field in his wake as he cruised to victory setting a new state residential record for the event with a 26.00, more than a second clear of his nearest rival.
Olympic Gold medallist and swimming great Neil Brooks was poolside for the entire Championships watching Zac first-hand and said he hasn’t been this excited about a West Australian sprint prospect since Eamon Sullivan burst onto the scene.
“He is raw, fast and untapped. The next 12-months will be critical to his development but it will be no surprise to me if we see him wearing green and gold by the end of the year,” the 1980 Moscow Gold medallist said.
In what was a fitting end to 5 days of exceptional racing, Brianna Throssell’s outstanding meet kept on keeping on, with the supernova from Perth City taking gold in the Women’s 50m Freestyle, stopping the clock in time of 25.69, just 0.03 outside the state record.
The 18 year old then lined up with teammates Emma Regolini, Kate Bird and Sacha Downing, helping propelling the Perth City Medley Relay team to gold as the girls set a new WA residential state record with a 4:19.06.
Throssell’s amazing achievement of setting five state records over the course of the 5 days of competition are even more astonishing considering her focus is not solely on swimming, with the Australian Short Course representative juggling Physiotherapy and Pre-Medicine studies at the University of WA.
“I have been really happy with how the States have gone…to be out there setting PB’s is awesome.
“It would be awesome to make the Australian team that goes to Russia but swimming is not my main focus as I have got university this year that I am also hoping to do well in,” said the State Champion.
With so many stunning performances and a number of individual records broken over the course of the 5 days of competition at 2015 Swimming WA State Open & Age Championships, the undeniable highlight from these championships has been the new wave of stars emerging out of Western Australia swimming.
Tasmin Cook grabbed yet another state title on the final night, taking out the Women’s 400m Freestyle with a time of 4:13.20, demonstrating her unyielding endurance and breaking the 16 year old state age record.
Tommy Sucipto broke the state record in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke during the semi final yesterday and took gold in Friday night’s Final, only 0.33 outside the record he had set the previous night. Sucipto, along with 200m State record holder Lennard Bremer, have put the male breaststroke swimmers across the country on notice ahead of the National Long Course Championships in April.
Brookes was on hand at the conclusion of the evening to present the Peter Evans & Neil Brooks trophy to the West Coast swim club, who took out the Men 4 x 100m Medley Relay. The Swimming WA Hall of Fame member was beaming at the prospect of Western Australian having a strong contingent in the Australian swim team in the future.
“Coming into April’s Nations, Western Australia has an excellent chance of putting up to six swimmers into national finals, and I would expect Brianna Throssell to go all the way toward a national title.”
Throssell sizzles as records continue to crumble at WA States
The Swimming WA State Open and Age Championships just keep getting better as the records continued to tumble on the fourth night of competition at HBF Stadium, and if Brianna Throssell didn’t already own the Championships, she does now.
Throssell started the night with a blistering 200m Butterfly state record 2:08.94, which was world class. Brianna’s time was of such quality that she finished over 4 seconds clear of the second placed Tamsin Cook (2:13.43), who also swam under the previous state mark.
The unstoppable star from Perth City then followed up with more gold in the 50m Freestyle (26.81) and another state record in the 100m Freestyle. Once again the time was well and truly Australian standard with a 55.00 confirming her talent as the State’s best female swimmer.
The boys were getting amongst the action as well. Both state records went in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke respectively to breaststroke dynamo Tommy Sucipto from the Leisure Park Lazers and a young charger in Lennard Bremer from Westside Christchurch Aquatic.
It was tight race during the first half of the Men’s 19 & Over 100m Breaststroke, but Tommy Sucipto managed to pull in front on the second lap to take home the gold, breaking his own residential record with a 1:01.41.
Bremer, a silver medalist at the 2014 Australian Short Course titles in the 200m Breaststroke, broke out to an early lead, and despite having young gun George Harley nipping at his heels, held strong in the final stages, stopping the clock in a very respectable time of 2:14.67.
Zac Incerti also showed why he is the most improved swimmer in the state, winning this 100m Freestyle in 51.50 and will continue on his charge towards Australian selection by the end of the year.
The 2015 Swimming WA State Open and Age Championships come to a close tomorrow with what are no doubt going to be the week’s most exciting races, plus the winners of the SCODY and West Australian Newspaper Scholarships will be decided!
The best 18 years and under male and female swimmers will received $500 cash and $1500 worth of SCODY apparel, whilst the best 19 years and over male and female swimmers will receive $1000 each thanks to the West Australian Newspaper.
The incredible swimming action all kicks off at 6pm (WST) with one of the highlights of the night being the ‘blue ribbon’ event, the Men’s 100m Freestyle Final. This event is one of the most anticipated Finals of the competition and set to capture the attention of all in attendance at HBF Stadium. The 5-days of exceptional racing will then conclude with the Finals of the 4x100m Freestyle and Medley Relays.
You can follow the live action with the event being live-streamed on the Swimming WA Facebook page. Or follow @Swimming WA on Twitter and Instagram (@SwimWA) for live tweets, news and videos courtesy of Swimming WA Hall of Fame member and Olympic gold medallist, Neil Brooks.
Cream rises to the top as more records fall at States
The third night of the 2015 Swimming WA State Open and Age Championships proved to the best yet, with the state’s best putting on a show and a young star in the making putting the icing on what has been a remarkable comeback to swimming.
Tamsin Cook was all class breaking the state residential record for the Women 800m Freestyle on Wednesday night, stopping the clock in 8:33.27, and in doing so sending a clear message to the rest of the country that she is seriously amongst the best distance swimmers in the land, particularly for her age group (16 year).
It’s only the second time the West Coast star has travelled the distance and despite still being in hard training, she smashed 13 seconds off her PB and one can only feel the sky is the limit for the 16-year-old star in the making.
Following the brutal 800m, Cook also backed up just 10 minutes later taking gold in the Women 16 years 200m Butterfly, another grueling event just in itself.
After her record-breaking performance she has now quickly turned her full attention to the 400m and 800m Freestyle as her specialty events. Watch this space, as Cook is a bona fide star in the making.
George Harley threw his hat in the ring for the swim of the night, just missing out on the national age record (16 years) in the 200m Breaststroke. It was an astonishing swim from the Breakers Club member after nearly loosing his leg in a motorcycle accident over 12months ago. Harley broke the state resident record, storming home in the last 50m in a time of 2:15.76 after it was thought he might never walk again on the legs that powered him home to victory.
Nicholas Brown continues to dominate the Men’s programme with a solid hit out in the Men 50m Butterfly and the Brianna Throssell show continues to roll on with wins in the 100m Freestyle and 200m Butterfly.
Throssell just continues to put her opposition to the sword with another world-class swim in the Women 100m Butterfly. The swimmer from Perth City broke yet another state record in 58.95 and showing all her class in the process taking nearly a full second off her own record.
In the very next event, Nicholas Brown matched Brianna Throssell and lowered the Men’s state residential record with another smart time of 54 seconds for the 100m Butterfly.
Tommy Sucipto also continued on his winning ways, showing his class in the 50m Breaststroke. The swimmer from Leisure Park Lazers dominated the field just missing on breaking the 28-second barrier for the second consecutive night with the 18-year-old finishing in a time of 28.08.
The penultimate day of competition at the 2015 Swimming WA State Open & Age Championships gets underway Thursday morning with the heats session, with the night Finals set to kick off at 6pm WST.
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More State records tumble as Throssell thrives
Brianna Throssell was sensational on the second night of the 2015 Swimming WA State Open & Age Championships, putting the rest of the country on notice after breaking the state residential record for the Women’s 200m Freestyle at HBF Stadium on Tuesday night.
Throssell surprised even herself taking nearly a second off the old mark set by Olympian Blair Evans back in 2010. Coach Matt Magee said, “We’re working really hard on her 200 freestyle and she’s still in hard training coming into this meet.”
It was Throssell’s third event of the night after a personal best (26.48) in the 50m Butterfly and qualifying second fastest in 1:01.79 for tomorrow night’s 100m Butterfly Final behind Tamsin Cook (1:01.14), demonstrating her swimming prowess.
Not to be out done was Throssell’s Youth Olympic teammate, Nicholas Brown. Brown set a new State Resident record in the Men 17-18 100m Butterfly Final with his time of 54.48, breaking the previous record of Gareth Kates that had stood since 2007.
Brown, who is the son of Olympian Ian Brown, also claimed the Men 200m Butterfly State title, comfortably taking the gold in the first race of the night in 2:01.50.
Both Throssell and Brown now put themselves alongside Tamsin Cook and Zac Incerti, who are all in the running to claim the SCODY Scholarship for the best junior male and female swimmer of the meet (18 years and under).
It was a thrilling finish in the Men’s 100m Backstroke with Zac Incerti and Bobby Jovanovich going stroke-for-stroke in the final stages. In the end it was Incerti (56.30) who touched out Jovanovich on the wall by 0.09. The silver medallist Jovanovich put in an impressive display with a time of 56.39.
Women’s 400m IM swimmer Jessica Pengelly demonstrated her skills, taking the gold with a time of 4:50.99, more than 20 seconds in front of the runner-up.
Pengelly has impressed on the opening two nights of the meet and now surely puts herself in the picture to claim the West Australian Newspaper Scholarship, which will be awarded to the best male and female swimmer (19 years and over) of the meet.
The Men’s 50m Freestyle Final had the entire stadium on the edge of their seats for what was the most eagerly anticipated race of the night. As the crack field motored their way down the pool in what ended as a nail-biting finish, it was once again Te Haumi Maxwell (23.19) from Sydney University touching the wall first, followed by Andrew Abood (23.36). The two Sydneysiders were followed home by the first WA swimmer in Patrick Hoey, who stopped the clock with a time of 23.45 and Tommy Sucipto who was only 0.02 behind Hoey finishing in 23.47.
The third day of the 2015 Swimming WA State Open & Age Championships gets underway tomorrow with the morning heats, with the night Finals set to kick off at 6pm WST.
Swimming WA renews partnership with World’s leading swimwear brand
Swimming WA has started the 2015 calendar year by announcing yet another positive sponsorship agreement. Today Swimming WA, the peak body of Swimming in Western Australian, announced a sponsorship renewal with the world’s leading swimwear brand, Speedo Australia.
As a Silver Level Sponsor, Speedo will continue to be the Official swimwear supplier of Swimming WA.
Speedo’s sponsorship renewal is an extension of an Agreement with Swimming WA that has been in place since 2013, with Speedo supplying Swimming WA with top quality swimwear products.
The Speedo announcement follows a number of key sponsorship agreements signed by Swimming WA in the final quarter of 2014. For Swimming WA CEO, Mr. Darren Beazley, the sponsorship renewal with Speedo was a great show of faith in the strategic direction that the sport of Swimming in WA is heading in the future.
“Speedo have been a wonderful supporter of Swimming WA for a number of years and I am pleased today to announce that Speedo has renewed their sponsorship arrangement with Swimming WA for the next eighteen (18) months,” Beazley said.
“The partnership is an extension of the previous Agreement and it is a great display of faith by Speedo in Swimming WA’s vision of making Swimming an essential part of the WA lifestyle and our new direction.
“This continues Swimming WA’s commercial strategy of aligning the state’s peak swimming body with premier brands to increase the profile of swimming in Western Australia.
“Speedo have been long time supporters of Australian swimming and Swimming WA hopes that we are able to build on this partnership and expand to continue to offer value to Swimming WA members.”
Speedo intends to form a strong alliance with Swimming WA Member Clubs and WA swimmers. They will showcase the latest range of swimming related products for both pool and open water swimmers during 2015.
“As the world’s leading swimwear brand, Speedo are delighted to renew their sponsorship with Swimming WA. Speedo’s sponsorship with elite and grass roots Australian swimming dates back over 60 years and we strongly believe in supporting and inspiring swimmers of all ages”, said Graham Eyres, Speedo Brand Manager
State records tumble on night one of SWA State Championships
The 2015 Swimming WA State Open & Age Long Course Championships got underway yesterday at HBF Stadium, with both past and present WA swim stars poolside to watch the next wave of swimmers in action.
West Australian Olympic stars including Neil Brooks, Jim Piper, Jennifer Reilly and Blair Evans; who is returning from injury, were all on pool deck to watch the state’s best swimmers compete in what was an exciting first night of competitive swimming, with two new state records set.
All of the big names were on show on night one with Brianna Throssell Jessica Pengelly, Tommy Sucipto, Andrew Abood and Lennard Bremer some of the stars hitting the water during Monday night’s Finals.
Brianna Throssell won the Women 17-18yrs 200m Freestyle in a time of 2:01.70. Throssell, who recently represented Australia at the World Short Course Championships in Doha, will be seeded second for Open Final on Tuesday night behind young gun Tamsin Cook. The 16-year-old from the West Coast Swim Club won the Women 16yrs 200m Freestyle Final, setting a new state record for the event in 2:00.39. Cook lowered the previous state mark held by Throssell.
The second state record of night went to Zac Incerti, who broke the long-standing Men 17-18 100m Backstroke record with his slick time of 55.92. Incerti will go into tonight’s Final over a second clear of his nearest rival Bobby Jovanovich (57.13) who took out the Men 19 years and over title.
The most exciting event of the night was no doubt the Men 19 years and over 50m Freestyle. Top class WA talent including Tommy Sucipto and Patrick Hoey took on interstate stars Andrew Abood, Te Haumi Maxwell and Tom Megitt in what was an exciting finish. In the end it was Maxwell (23.26) who hit the wall first ahead of Abood (23.34) and Sucipto (23.38). These guys will be clashing again tonight in the Open Final of the Men 50m Freestyle in what will be a slap and dash affair.
Fresh from picking up a silver medal at the Australian Short Course Titles in Adelaide, Lennard Bremer was close to setting a new PB in the Men 19 years and over 200m IM with his time of 2:05.92. He will be hoping to go even quicker in the Open Final on Tuesday night as he will no doubt get some pressure from Youth Olympic representative Nicholas Brown. Brown will not only lineup against Bremer in the 200m IM Final but will be the one of the main chances in the Men 200m Butterfly Final, having claimed a bronze in the event at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics.
The 2015 State Open & Age Championships are on at HBF Stadium and are the premier swim event on the Swimming WA calendar, featuring 560 of the State’s best swimmers aged from 13years of age through until open. The event started at HBF Stadium Monday night and will run through until Friday January 23rd.
Tuesday night’s Final start at 6pm WST with live results from the Championships will be posted on the Swimming WA website.
Gold Medallist and Swimming WA Hall of Fame member Neil Brooks will also be taking over Swimming WA’s twitter and instagram during the championships.
State's best swimmers on show this week
Western Australia’s best swimmers will be on show this week at the 2015 Swimming WA State Open & Age Long Course Championships.
There will be 5 days of fantastic racing as the state’s best swimmers go head-to-head at HBF Stadium from Monday January 19th to Friday January 23rd.
The 2015 State Open & Age Championships is the premier swim event on the Swimming WA calendar and will feature 560 of the State’s best swimmers aged from 13years of age through until open.
A total of 2,600 individual entries and 156 relay entries were registered for what will be 5-days of top-level swimming. The likes of Brianna Throssell, Yolane Kukla, Jessica Pengelly, Lennard Bremer, Tommy Sucipto and Katherine Downie OAM to name but a few will be joined by Australian Swimmer Matt Abood.
Swimming WA CEO Mr. Darren Beazley said the State Championships were the “highlight” of the year for the WA swimming Community.
“The Swimming WA State Open & Age Championships are the highlight of the Western Australian swimming calendar,” Mr. Beazley said.
“The Championships is the time of year that Western Australian swimming is ‘on show’ and our talented athletes get the chance to put the countless hours of training and preparation to the test.
“Reputations will be made and lost over the next week and there is a lot of nervous energy surrounding our coaches, our Club Officials, our Technical Officials and the parents of our athletes.
“All in all, it promises to be an amazing week of swimming and I wish all involved the very best of luck.
47 Clubs will be participating, which includes 5 swimmers from Sydney University (Matt Abood, Andrew Abood, Te Haumi Maxwell, Erik van Dorren and Tom Meggitt) and 2 from Bina Taruna Swim Club in Indonesia. The event is a heats and finals format, with nightly Finals for the open and age athletes.
All Clubs will be vying for the Metropolitan Club Summer Shield and the Regional Club Summer Shield with four annual trophies awarded at the Championships being:
Womens 100m Free – Roy Hammond Trophy – Yolane Kukla (2014)
Mens 100m Free - Hicks Ive Trophy – James Rammond (2014)
Womens 4x100m Medley Relay – Joondalup Trophies – Perth City (2014)
Mens 4x100 Medley Relay – Peter Evans and Neil Brooks Trophy – Westside Christchurch (2014).
Thanks to SCODY and the West Australian Newspaper, four (4) of WA swimmers will be rewarded for the tremendous results during the meet with the best junior and open male and femaleswimmers being awarded scholarships based on performances at the 2015 State Open and Age Long Course Championships.
Live results from the 2015 Swimming WA State Open and Age Championships can be viewed on the SWA website.
Stunning conditions for Point-to-Point Swim
The Perth coastline was a sea of fluorescent blue, pink and yellow caps as competitors took part in Round 5 of Swimming WA’s 2014/15 Open Water Series (OWS) on Sunday January 11th.
The fifth round of the OWS was the Point-to-Point swim from Leighton to Swanbourne beach. This unique event is for solo and duo swimmers, with the duo teams coming into Cottesloe beach for a relay changeover.
The 2014/15 OWS season is proving to be yet another record breaking year for the series with hundreds of competitors and spectators beachside for first metropolitan OWS event of 2015.
In what were spectacular scenes for members of the WA public who headed down to enjoy a fun day at the beach, a total of 253 swimmers; made up of the 187 solo and 33 duo entries, stretched far and wide as they hugged the iconic Perth coastline en route to the finish line.
Despite a brisk easterly wind waking many from their early slumber, the weather gods were looking down upon the large field. Competitors were greeted with stunning weather, 20-degree water temperature and a favourable current pushing them along during the swim, which all made for a great event to take part in.
Spectators and support crew walked along the iconic Perth coastline to watch the swimmers as they made their way up to Swanbourne, in what was a thrilling finish.
In the end it was Gareth Evans who was able to scamper up the beach just ahead of Zachery Bevan, completing the 5.8km solo swim leg in a slick 1:12:03.
For the females, it was Naomi Watters who took full advantage of the conditions to post a fast time of 1:24:50 to claim lines honours.
The first Duo team to cross the line was Claudia Etherington and Elliot Grierson who finished in 1:24:50. The Duos course was slightly longer to that of the solo swimmers due to swimmers having to swim in and out of the Cottesloe groyne for changeover.
Following the Point-to-Point swim will be the big one, Round 6 of the OWS at Sorrento on January 26th. The Australia Day swim will also act as the Official Rehearsal for the Rottnest Channel swim. This event will be the last chance for solo swimmers to post a qualifying time for the iconic event.
There will be short turnaround before the seventh round of Swimming WA’s OWS, the #SwimtheSwan event, which gets underway on the following Sunday, February 1st. The Swim the Swan event forms part of the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series in what will be a wonderful for the public to get their tail feathers wet in the Swan River. 600 competitors are expected for the community event of the Swim the Swan round with swimmers able to enter into the 500m, 1.25km, 2.5km, 5km and 10km swim legs.
For more information on the Open Water Series or to enter, visit the website www.openwaterswimming.com.au
Rookie Meet delivers top results
The 2015 competitive swimming calendar got underway over the weekend at HBF Stadium, with two swim meets marking the start of the New Year.
HBF Stadium’s eight-lane pool played host to 650 athletes for three days with the Swimming WA Rookie meet and the 2015 SunSmart Country Championships both held over the weekend.
Now in its fifth year, the Swimming WA Rookie Meet is a great novice event for swimmers who have 'no time' or an official time which is slower or equal to an AA Qualifying time. The meet consisted predominately of all the 50m events for all the age groups, with the 16 years and over being able to also compete in 100m events. Swimmers who already have an AA or State time were ineligible to compete.
In total, there were 290 athletes from 46 clubs across WA - from Broome to Albany and Kalgoorlie in the Goldfields - who entered in the Rookie Meet, with some strong results posted. Out of the 290 competitors – 101 of them made an AA qualifying time and 23 even made a State qualifying time.
Swimming WA Competitions Manager Meg Jovanovich was excited by the strong results shown throughout the Rookie Meet.
“By setting an AA time, swimmers now qualify themselves from one of Swimming WA’s three-tier swim meets. The State qualifying time purely relates to the Swimming WA Open and Age Long Course and the Junior Long Course in April,” Jovanovich said.
“18 of the 23 swimmers who posted State qualifying times were Junior athletes. Prior to this event these swimmers didn’t even have an AA time and now have a State Qualifying time, which gains them entry into the Junior Long Course Championships in April.
“To have so many swimmer do so well at the Rookie Meet was just fantastic.”
The 2015 Swimming WA Rookie Meet was also a great opportunity for the younger siblings of the regional swimmers who were competing at the 2015 SunSmart Country Championships, to swim at the State’s premier aquatic centre.
“It was great to see kids from the country Clubs actually on the podium at HBF Stadium, when normally they would not have had that chance, and for a lot of the swimmers it would have a been their first time competing at HBF Stadium so it was very exciting,’ Jovanovich continued.
The 2015 Swimming WA Rookie Meet was the prelude to the 2015 SunSmart Country Championships. The three-day swim meet got underway at HBF Stadium on Friday January 9th and ran through until Sunday January 11th.
The SunSmart Country Championships are a highlight of the Swimming WA calendar, and each year brings Clubs from across the state to compete in Perth. The 2015 meet involved 33 Clubs and over 360 competitors from all around our vast state all vying to become Country Champions.
Of the 360 swimmers, 58% of the athletes improved on their competition entry times, with one state record and la number of country resident records being broken during the meet.
Kaiden Richings from the Bunbury Swimming Club broke the state record in the Girls 8 years/Under 50m Backstroke with a time of 34.53. The 10-year-old also broke three individual Country Resident records, being the 100m Backstroke, breaking the previous record which dates back to 2001, in a time of 1.17.28; the 200mIM, breaking the Country Resident record held since 2001 in a time of 2.45.66 and the 100m Butterfly, breaking the Country Resident record held since 1988 in a time of 1.18.18.
Other Country Resident records to fall were the Girl’s 8years/Under 50m Backstroke, with Brielle Krispyn from the Manjimup Marlins posting 42.35 to lower the previous mark, which had stood since record held since 1987.
12-year-old Megan Larmour from Peel Aquatic broke the Country Resident record for the Girls 12years/Under 50m Breaststroke with her time of 38.82, beating the previous record held since 1993. Peel Aquatic teammate Ben Hollow managed to better the Country Resident record in the Boys 10years/Under 100m Breaststroke with his time of 1.29.19.
The Peel Aquatic club rounded out a strong meet by also breaking the Country All Time Club Relay record in the Women’s 14years/Under 200 Medley Relay in a time of 2.10.04. Swimmers were Marie Doyle, Jasmin Allan, Melanie Lucas and Grace Walton.
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Country Clubs to collide at HBF Stadium
This weekend, Perth’s premier swimming facility, HBF Stadium, will play host to the 2015 SunSmart Country Championships.
The three-day swim meet gets underway on Friday January 9th and runs through until Sunday January 11th.
The SunSmart Country Championships are a highlight of the Swimming WA (SWA) calendar, and each year brings Clubs from across the state to compete in what promises to be some fantastic racing.
SWA President Jeanette Bailey said the SunSmart Country Championships were a “great” opportunity for gifted swimmers in the state’s regional areas to showcase their talents.
“The SunSmart Country Championships are such a fantastic event that all our regional clubs look forward to each year.
“The meet is a great opportunity for the best regional swimmers from across the state to put their talent on show on the big stage at HBF Stadium,” Bailey said.
“There’s always a great atmosphere on pool deck as we have Clubs from the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Mid West, Wheatbelt, Peel, South West, Great Southern and Goldfields regions coming to Perth for what will be three days of great competition.
“Local pride will be on the line and the SunSmart Country Champs provide an opportunity to see which Clubs and coaches are unearthing the next superstars of WA swimming.”
The 2015 meet involves 33 Clubs and over 360 competitors from all around our vast state vying to become Country Champions.
Many of the regional competitors will be attempting to record a qualifying time for the Swimming WA State Open & Age Long Course Championships starting January 19th, so there is plenty at stake over the next few days.
For live results from the 2015 SunSmart Country Championships can be viewed on the Swimming WA website.
Huge numbers flock to Albany for OWS event
On January 4th, Albany played host to Round 2 of Swimming WA's Regional Open Water Series (OWS) with perfect conditions greeting the hundreds of competitors and spectators who flocked to the Great Southern region for the event.
Over 130 competitors welcomed the New Year with an ocean swim at Middleton Beach. The large field took to the water to compete in the 500m, 1.25km. 2.5km and 5km swim events, with near perfect conditions greeting the swimmers as they plunged into the stunning water at Ellen Cove water. Albany turned on an amazing morning, with warm waters, a light ocean breeze and a beautiful 27-degree day making for calm conditions out in the water.
Albany Swim Club has previously held an annual open water swim, but this was the first time that Swimming WA has been involved with the event. Swimming WA CEO, Mr. Darren Beazley, was very pleased with the public support for the event, with competitors from around the state; some as far as Broome, taking part in the event.
“It was fantastic to see so many people get down to the pristine waters in Albany to participate in this fantastic community event.
“Swimming WA would also like to thank the support we received from the Albany Swimming Club and the Albany Surf Life Saving Club for the Regional OWS event.
“To have over 130 swimmers register for the event, with people from the far reaches of our state taking part, shows the popularity building behind our OWS events,” Mr. Beazley said.
“One of the reasons why our Regional OWS is proving to be so popular is the fact that we cater for swimmers of all ages and all abilities. With distances starting at 500m right up to 5km, the message is that Swimming WA wants to involve as many west Australian in our sport and that we delivery on our mission to make swimming an essential part of the West Australian way of life.
“No matter where you live in this great state, we hope you get involved in Swimming WA’s Regional OWS events.
The Regional Open Water Series is a joint initiative between Swimming WA and Swimming Australia, with the Albany leg being the second of three regional open water swim events planned for 2014/15.
“One of the unique elements of Swimming WA’s Regional OWS is our partnership with Swimming Australia. Over the next 3-years, together with Swimming Australia, we intend to have seven regional OWS events right across this state. So no matter where you will live in Western Australia, if you want to get involved in Open Water swimming, we have an event for you,” Beazley continued.
“WA has some of the best beaches in the world and so we encourage people to challenge themselves and get out there and enjoy an ocean swim in our state’s pristine waters.
The beginning of 2015 will see three OWS staged in the opening 5 weeks of the year. The next metropolitan OWS event will lead off with Point-to-Point swim from Leighton to Swanbourne, taking place on January 11th, and then the big one at Sorrento, the Australia Day swim on January 26th. These will then be followed by the seventh round of Swimming WA’s OWS, the Swim the Swan event on Feb 1st, which will be part of the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series event.
For more event information on Swimming WA’s OWS, visit www.openwaterswimming.com.au.
Christmas Challenge closes out 2014 year
Swimming WA’s inaugural SunSmart Christmas Challenge has seen the best swimmers from across the state battle it out at the State’s peak swimming pool to close out the 2014 calendar year.
The 3-day swim meet was held at HBF stadium from the 19th-21st of December, with 535 athletes registering for the event. The high number of athletes at the meet lead to over 2500 individual entries being recorded for the 2014 SunSmart Christmas Challenge.
Competitors had to have an AA qualifying time to enter in to the event, with 60% of the athletes improving on their individual entry times.
Swimming WA CEO, Mr. Darren Beazley said the 2014 SunSmart Christmas Challenge was a great way to close out what had been a wonderful year from swimming in Western Australia.
“There has been real excitement here at HBF Stadium and it has been wonderful to see some of our state's best open and age swimmers competing.
“Not only that, there has been a fun and festive atmosphere poolside with all the raffles and Christmas hams and prizes being given away.
“The SunSmart Christmas Challenge has been a great way to finish what has been a fantastic year from Swimming in WA,” Beazley said.
The 2014 SunSmart Christmas Challenge is a totally new concept for Swimming WA’s long course season, with a heats and finals scenario for both the age and open competitors. The competition also saw junior swimmers (7-11 year olds) contest their own separate meet, which proved very popular.
A morning heats and night finals scenario was a fantastic dress rehearsal for athletes aiming at competing at the 2015 Swimming WA Open and Age State Long Course Championships to be held in January and the National Open and Age Championships set for April 2015.
The 2015 State Open and Age Championships is the premier swim event on the Swimming WA calendar and will be held at the same venue as the SunSmart Christmas Challenge, from the 19th-23rd of January. Swimmers will be looking to bring their best to the long course state titles following the announcement earlier in the week of two athlete scholarships that will be awarded at the January swim meet.
The 2015 SCODY Junior Scholarship and the 2015 West Australian Newspaper Open Scholarship will see two WA athletes, one male and 1 female, from each age category, awarded a scholarship from the two sponsors based on performances at the 2015 Swimming WA Open and Age Long Course State Championships.
The first month of 2015 will be an enormous month, with January set to hold the State’s biggest pool meets, plus three open water swim events! The action in the pool will kick off with the 2015 SunSmart Country Championships (9th-11th Jan) followed by the 2015 State Open and Age Long Course Championships, with the busy month being rounded out by the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series which will be held at HBF Stadium from the 30th-31st of January.
In the ocean, the Open Water Series will hold events in Albany (Sunday, 4th Jan), the Leighton to Swanbourne (11th Jan) point-to-point challenge followed by the big one in Sorrento, the Australia Day Swim (26th Jan).
For now, swim Clubs and their members will take a well earned break from competitive swimming over the Christmas period, before hitting the pool for the start of the 2015-year. Mr. Beazley took this opportunity to wish the swim Clubs and their members all the best for the festive season.
“It’s an exciting time for swimming and I wish all of our athletes every success in their preparations for the 2015 events.
“From all of us here are Swimming WA, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.
2015 Swimming WA Rookie Swim Meet
There is no better opportunity to gain some official results, or better your own existing times, than at the 2015 Swimming WA Rookie Meet.
The Swimming WA Rookie Meet is designed purely for the novice swimmer, as swimmers who already have an official swim time that is faster than AA time, are ineligible to attend.
This event will be held at HBF Stadium on Friday 9th January 2015. Entries Close 9:30pm Monday 22nd December 2014.
There is always a great, happy and supportive atmosphere at these meets, particularly for those swimmers who succeed in getting on the medal dais for their very first time.
The 2015 Swimming WA Rookie Meet also provides an added bonus to all those swimmers who did not make qualifying times for the Country Championships, to be part of an event where they can achieve times which can set them up towards an exciting swimming career.
In 2013 there were well over 100 swimmers who not only achieved an AA qualifying time but also a State Qualifying time to enter the Junior Long Course Swimming Championships, normally held in April of each year.
To register for the 2015 Rookie Meet, go to the Swimming WA Events page, or for more information contact:
P: (08) 9325 4599
Swimming WA secures partnership with Media Giant
Today, Swimming WA announced it is joining forces with the Channel Seven Perth.
The one (1) year partnership will see the TV station come on board as an Official Partner of Swimming WA.
Channel Seven will play an important role in lifting the profile of swimming and aid Swimming WA’s membership recruitment drive set to start in February 2015. The partnership will see Channel Seven provide swimming with much needed opportunities to promote the sport and the talented athletes within it.
Swimming WA Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Darren Beazley, was delighted with the new partnership and welcomed the new sponsorship agreement formed with Channel Seven.
“Swimming WA is delighted to partner with Channel Seven and have the support of the premier television station in Western Australia. The partnership agreement will allow Swimming WA to enhance the profile of our sport and the talented swimmers in our state,” Mr. Beazley said.
“Establishing partnerships with major media outlets in WA is a key pillar in Swimming WA’s strategic direction and there is no doubt Channel Seven is the leader in that field, both in WA and around Australia.
“Having Channel Seven come on board as a sponsor - together with our partnership with The West Australian Newspaper, will assist Swimming WA in achieving its future goal of ensuring Swimming is an essential part of the Western Australian way of life.”
Swimming WA has over 6,500 members and is the peak body for the sport of Swimming in Western Australia representing 85 swim clubs statewide.
The next 24-months represents an important time for swimming, with the FINA World Championships set to be staged in 2015 and all athletes securely focused on the road to the 2016 Rio Olympics Games, which the Seven Network secured the Australian broadcast rights to in August of this year.
Of the new partnership, Mario D’Orazio, Managing Director of Channel Seven Perth, said, “Along with The West Australian, Channel Seven is thrilled to partner with Swimming WA – it is an important sporting organisation to many Western Australians.”
“Channel Seven is committed to supporting the community at a grass-roots level and we look forward to working with Swimming WA on its exciting calendar of events in 2015,” he added.
For further information, please contact:
Marketing and Communications Manager
p: (08) 9328 4599
State Champions crowned at Round 4 of Open Water Series
Wonderful conditions and a large crowd greeted competitors at Champion Lakes for Round 4 of Swimming WA’s Open Water Series.
The fourth round in the eight round metropolitan Open Water Series also doubled as the State Open Water Championship, with an international field of elite open water swimmers competing to claim the 5km and 10km state titles.
Over 340 competitors registered for the event, with race distances starting at 500m through to the 5km and 10km events. The varying races distances allowed members of the public to literally rub shoulders with our state and nation’s best swimmers around the freshwater course at Champion Lakes.
Champion Lakes was an ideal venue to stage this popular event with a number of marques and picnic areas setup by the large crowd in attendance. Others chose to stroll along the waterline to keep a close eye on the action out on the course.
Whilst many competing were out there to challenge themselves, the main focus was on who would take out the converted State Open Water titles. It was action a plenty as long distance competitors swam by the nutrition station, grabbing drinks and supplements to fuel their efforts.
In the elite Women’s 10km, much of the prerace talk centered on friendly rivalry between Perth City teammates Sacha Downing and Heidi Gan.
Downing was the 2013/14 Open Water Series winner and was also crowned the 2014 Australian 10km Champion (16yr Female) and represented Australia at the Junior Pan Pacs in Hawaii back in August, finishing 5th in the 10km.
Heidi Gan, who represented Malaysia at the 2012 London Games, claimed the 2013 WA State Open Water 10km title and finished runner-up to Downing in the 2013/14 Open Water Series.
In the end it was Gan who reigned supreme to grab her second straight state title, finishing the 10km in 1:57:55.40. Downing was second in 1:58:04.04 with young Megan Stephens making it a 1-2-3 finish for the Perth City Swimming Club, coming home third in 2:07:31.10
Young Megan Stephens stamped her name as a swim star of the future, also claiming the Women's 5km State Championship title, to go with her bronze in the 10km event. It was yet another clean sweep for the Perth City Swimming Club in the elite Women’s 5km event, with Stephens stopping the clock at 1:02:14.20, followed home by Perth City teammates Sarah Jessop in 1:02:19.70 and Chloe Truscott posting 1:06:13.20 to finish third.
As for the Men, 2014 Australian Open Water Swimmer of the Year Simon Huitenga was favoured to take out the elite Men’s 10km event. Huitenga finished 4th in the 10km swim at the Pan Pacific Championships, which were relocated from the Gold Coast to Hawaii back in August. Huitenga, who finished runner-up in the 2013/14 Open Water Series, backed up the strong performance at the Pan Pacs by taking out the 2014 Waikiki 5km Open Water event a week later.
Tipped to be nipping at the heels of Huitenga was fellow Perth City Swim Club member Brett Fielding and Mark Deans from Great Britain. Fielding was crowned 2013/14 Open Water Series winner ahead of Huitenga and also picked up the 2014 Australian (16years Male) 10km title. Fielding also represented Australia at the Junior Pan Pacs in Hawaii finishing 8th in the 10km event. Deans represented Great Britain at the 2014 European Open Water Championships.
As the clock approached the 2-hour mark, it was Mark Deans from Great Britain who emerged victorious in 1:54:59.50, to be the first male to complete the 10km course. The first Swimming WA Member to slap the timing pad first was Huitenga (1:57:33.90) who finished 15seconds clear of Fielding (1:57:49.00) to grab the WA 10km State Championship.
William Rollo from the Arena Swimming Club won the Men’s 5km state title with a time of 58:26.80. Rollo beat home Perth City duo Guy Harrison-Murray (58:35.70) and Solomon Wright (58:40.40) who finished second and third respectively.
Following the Champion Lakes event, the Open Water Series will take a short break over Christmas before ramping up to what will be a massive month in January, with three Open Water Series events being held throughout the first month of 2015.
The Open Water Series will head south to stage the second of three regional open water swim events for 2014/15. Albany is set to host the next regional Open Water Series event on Sunday January 4. Distances for the event include 500m, 1.25km, 2.5km and 5km.
Next on the metropolitan calendar will be the point-to-point challenge from Leighton to Swanbourne. This is fifth round of the Open Water Series and will see competitors swim from Leighton to Swanbourne, with solo and duo legs available.
Then on Sunday January 26, Round 6 of the Open Water Series will head to Sorrento in Perth’s north for the Australia Day swim. This is set to be a huge event with distances starting at 500m and going up to the longer distances of 5km and 10km. This event will be the Official Rottnest Rehearsal for those competing in the Channel swim. Record participation numbers are expected for this event so be sure to secure your position today.
To join in on the Open Water Series action and be part of the record-breaking season, challenge yourself today and enter by visiting www.openwaterswimming.com.au
Meet the November Volunteer of the Month
Swimming WA (SWA) recognises that volunteers are a vitally important part of our sport and has created a programme to promote and reward the many hardworking volunteers in the swimming community.
From 1 November 2014, SWA called for nominations for a Volunteer of the Month for each month up until 30 April 2015. All volunteers who have won a monthly award will be put forward for the Volunteer of the Year award, which will be announced at the annual SWA Swimmer of the Year Awards event in 2015
The SWA Volunteer of the Month will receive a SWA leather notebook and plaque, with the monthly winners automatically nominated for the SWA Volunteer of the Year.
The SWA Volunteer of the Year will receive, courtesy of SWA, return flights, accommodation and tickets for two (2) people to attend the Swimming Australia Swimmer of Year Awards in December 2015.
SWA received a number of nominations for the first Volunteer of the Month Award. Nominations were presented to the SWA Honours and Awards Committee who meet during the month to decide on the monthly winner. Upon careful consideration, the SWA Honours and Awards Committee announced that Debbie Luff from the South Lake Dolphins Swimming Club was the November Volunteer of the Month.
Debbie came to the SWA offices during the week to receive her award from SWA Development Carolyn Morrison and was shocked at being the first recipient of the award.
“At our last committee meeting I found out that our lovely secretary, Narelle, had nominated myself as SWA Volunteer of the Month. I was shocked that it was my name as there are many other fantastic volunteers at our club that do so much wonderful work and put in so many hours.
“Then when Carolyn rang me to tell me I had won The Volunteer of the Month for November I was again shocked and surprised but very happy and honoured to receive this inaugural award.
“South Lake Dolphins is a wonderful club to be part of and I just love helping out whether it be organising swim meets or just a fun night for the children. Thank you very, very much South Lake Dolphins for nominating me and to SWA for this award,” Luff said.
Luff was nominated for her tireless work done for the club for nearly a decade. She was described as an “amazing resource” to the Club, always willing to put her hand up to help in any task that needs to be done.
Morrsion was “delighted” to be able to present Luff with her award and encouraged members of swimming community to recognise the work done by their club volunteers by nominating them for the award.
“We are delighted to recognise Debbie for her tireless commitment to the South Lake Dolphins Club,” Morrison said.
“Not only does Debbie volunteer at her club and help out at her son’s school, she also works full time which is one of the many reasons why SWA is pleased to be able to present Debbie with her award,” Morrison said.
“Without wonderful volunteers like Debbie, our clubs would not exist, which is why we encourage members of our swimming community to acknowledge the work done by our volunteers by nominating them for Volunteer of the Month award.
“So if there is someone at your club who you believe is worthy of consideration for the Volunteer of the Month award and subsequently, Volunteer of the Year, please send nominations to Swimming WA.”
Nominations are to be sent to the SWA Development Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) by COB on the last day of each month and should contain no more than 300 words on the achievements of the nominee.
Both the nominator and the nominee must be current financial SWA members.
Nominations received by SWA will be forwarded to Swimming Australia’s Local Legends volunteer programme each month.
A Christmas message from the Swimming WA CEO
Swimming WA CEO, Darren Beazley, delivers a message to the swimming community.
The purpose of these monthly messages from the organisation’s CEO is to provide members of the swimming community from all around our great state, an update of some of the happenings in Swimming in Western Australia.
In the first of what will be come monthly message from Mr. Beazley, he touches on a number of topics and highlight upcoming events beneficial to the WA swimming community.
As we approached the Christmas period and the end of the 2014 calendar year, Mr. Beazley took this opportunity to remind members the importance of renewing their membership. He encouraged members to renew their membership online or to contact the Swimming WA Office (08 9328 4599) for help.
“We (Swimming WA) would be pleased to help you to make sure that your Club is affiliated for another fantastic year of Swimming in WA,” Beazley said.
Mr. Beazley also spoke of the excitement that will be happen in the pool at the 2014 SunSmart Christmas Challenge. The final swim meet of the 2014 calendar year will be held later this month at HBF Stadium from December 19-21.
“Some of our best swimmers will be out there competing, trying to win gold and get on the podium.
“Not only that it will be a great way to finish what has been a fantastic season on a high. Our Technical Officials will be getting in the Christmas spirit by wearing their Christmas hats. There will be Christmas raffles and lots of fun for the family,’ Beazley continued.
One of the great success stories of 2014 has been the popularity of Swimming WA’s Open Water Series. Beazley spoke of his excitement of seeing record numbers being recorded at the opening three rounds.
“We have people as young as 9 and 10 years of age right through to some a lot older than that, all enjoying a recreational or competitive swim in our pristine water ways here in Western Australia,” Beazley said.
Mr. Beazley also highlighted a number of important events in January including the 2015 SunSmart Country Championships (Jan 9-11) at HBF Stadium and Round 5 of the Open Water Series, which will be staged on Sunday, January 11th. This event will see competitor’s challenge themselves by swimming from Leighton to Swanbourne with solo or duo swim legs available.
“What makes this such a great swim is this is great opportunity for those preparing for Rottnest, or maybe those who missed out on Rottnest, to have a swim in what will be a fantastic time of the year to be in the water.”
Mr. Beazley then signed off by thanking the Swimming WA members for all their support and had the assistance of a little helper with a personal Christmas message to the Swimming WA community.
To view the video in full, visit the Swimming WA YouTube channel below.
Cowdrey inspires Multi Class group
Australia’s most successful Paralympic athlete and swimmer, Matt Cowdrey, was in Perth recently and spoke to Swimming WA members, passing on his knowledge, experience and encouragement to the group.
Cowdrey was in Western Australia for the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series Community program and held a personal one on one session at the home of Swimming WA. The group of eager listeners consisted of Multi Class swimmers, young and old, as well as parents of Multi Class swimmers
Cowdrey spoke at length about his journey to become Australia’s most successful Paralympic athlete. In London 2012, he made history by becoming Australia’s most successful Paralympian ever. He won five gold, two silvers and a bronze medal in London to bring his total gold medal haul to 13 and eclipse track sprinter Tim Sullivan’s previous record of 10 gold medals from three Games. He also passed Australian swimmer Kingsley Bugarin’s overall medal haul of 19 medals, with Matthew now having won a total of 23 Paralympic medals.
During the informative session, Cowdrey encouraged all Multi Class swimmers to swim as many able-bodied meets as possible. Matthew told the group, that swimming wasn’t about how many medals you won; it was about just wanting to improve yourself.
“I have never been someone who is motivated by medals - I just love getting quicker and improving - that's the reason I love this sport, and you need to be motivated to do it for reasons other than medals,’ he said.
Cowdrey, who made his first National team at the age of 15-years-old, also discussed how far the sport had come during his time and that many opportunities and pathways existed for Multi Class swimmers to enter in to the sport.
“I think that we’ve come such a long way … that’s something that I’m very thankful about,” he said.
“It is very clear for a lot of coaches, a lot of swim programs and a lot of learn to swim schools who now have the information on how to treat and how to coach people with a disability.
“There is now also a defined talent pathway with an age group nationals which wasn’t the case 5 years ago, let alone 10 years ago.
However, it was education that Cowdrey stressed was the most important thing for everyone to be aware of and encouraged all Multi Class swimmers to be advocates for the sport.
“The most important thing is education - no one will understand the difference and accept it until we are honest and advocate.
“There are always going to be issues but the best thing is to be advocates of our sport and do the best you can do.”
To view more photos from the session, like Swimming WA on Facebook.
Peel Aquatic become Club Sprint Champions
Peel Aquatic Club has produced a standout performance at the recent Swimming WA Club Sprints to claim the title at HBF Stadium.
The 2014 Swimming WA Club Sprints saw 28 swim clubs from around the state compete to lay claim to being the Club Sprint Champions.
Clubs from as far as Kalgoorlie and Albany in the south, congregated on HBF Stadium for a shot at the title and the $1000 prize purse.
The Club Sprints sees swimmers compete in 50m sprint events across all swim disciplines, with clubs being awarded points based on swimmers performance in the finals and super finals. Double points were also handed out to swim club members who broke a meet record. The Club who accumulating the most points would be crowned 2014 Swimming WA Club Sprint Champion.
The West Coast Swim Club has had a mortgage on the Club Sprint Championship, having held the title for the past 3 years. The Club was once again fancied to perform well with competition expected to come from the Arena and Perth City Swimming Clubs.
But at the end of the meet it was the Peel Aquatic Club who reined supreme and came out on top, ahead of Arena and Perth City who finished second and third respectively. Peel Aquatic not only took home the perpetual Club Sprint cup but also the $500 first prize.
The effort of the Peel Aquatic Club to claim the title should not be underestimated, considering the infrastructure difficulties the Club has experienced over the past 6 months.
Peel Aquatic Swim Club President Shane Hoare said the win was not only a fantastic result for the club but for swimming in the Peel region.
“This win is a fantastic result for our swimmers and coaches who have all put in a lot of hard work in very trying times lately. For the past 6 months Peel Aquatic Club has had train out of the Murray Leisure Centre in Pinjarra and share lanes with the Pinjarra Swim Club, Murray Masters and a Perth club,” Hoare said.
“This has meant that our kids are often left with minimum lane space and up to 11 swimmers per lane in a 25m pool.
“It has been very challenging and has reduced the number of training sessions available to our swimmers.”
After the positive showing by Peel Aquatic and the construction of a new pool due in 2015, Hoare was confident that the Club had the potential for continued improvement and growth.
“The club is looking forward to the opening of the new 50m pool facility currently under construction in Mandurah and we are counting down until October 2015 the expected opening date,” he said.
“Having just read the Swimming WA Strategic Plan 2015-18 the club is looking forward to continuing our growth in membership numbers and strong results in the pool with the support of Swimming WA and the City of Mandurah.
“If Swimming WA can focus on building and strengthening the clubs, then I am confident the numbers of WA swimmers representing Australia will grow and hopefully we will see a Peel Swimmer at the Olympics some time in the future. Although I have promised our head coach Ryan Spencer that I would shout him a ticket to go and watch that, so better start saving now.”
Albany announced as next location for Swimming WA’s Regional Open Water Series
Swimming WA today announced that Albany will be the next stop for the regional Open Water Series (OWS), with the second round of the Regional OWS to be staged in WA’s Great Southern on Sunday 4 January 2015.
Sunday 30 Novembersaw Geraldton host the first of three regional OWS during the 2014/15-summer swim calendar.
The inaugural Geraldton OWS was well received by locals and the surrounding community, with over 100 competitors aged between 9 years and 73 years taking part in the event.
Swimming WA CEO Mr. Darren Beazley was at Champion Bay Beach in Geraldton for the event and was “thrilled” with the response shown by those in the Mid-West community.
“I was thrilled to see the support of the local Geraldton people for the first round of the Swimming WA’s Regional Open Water Series. We had swimmers from all ages enter and the smiles on the faces of those watching on the beach made for a fantastic morning of swimming in WA,” Beazley said.
“To have the Member for Geraldton, Mr. Ian Blaney MLA, start the waves of the round was very pleasing and he has pledged his support for next year for which Swimming WA is grateful.
“As someone who grew up in the area, I know that the event has the potential to become a regular feature on the Geraldton sporting calendar in the years ahead and I look forward to working with the Geraldton people to make that goal a reality.”
With the support and backing of Swimming Australia, Swimming WA is committed to delivering open water swim events to regional WA over the next 3 years, with the aim to hold seven regional events by 2017.
Swimming Australia CEO Mr. Mark Anderson said Swimming WA’s Regional OWS represented a great opportunity to expand the sport’s community reach through open water swimming.
“This is a fantastic initiative that will see the expansion of regional events and an increase in opportunities for the wider community to get involved in swimming.
“On behalf of Swimming Australia I am proud to support this and excited to see further growth in our sport in the future as a result of this initiative,” Anderson said.
Swimming WA has confirmed that the Albany OWS event has been scheduled for the morning of Sunday 4 January 2015. The Albany OWS Regional round will cater for swimmers of all abilities and competitive levels with distances including 500m, 1.25km, 2.5km and 5km, with the course and site to be confirmed after further consultation with the local partners, Albany Swimming Club and Albany Surf Life Saving Club.
The OWS is riding the popularity wave building behind mass participation sport, with the OWS experiencing a strong increase in participation numbers with an 18% year-on-year growth. The 2014/15 Metropolitan Series is proving to be yet another record-breaking year, with each of the opening 3 rounds registering record participation numbers.
For more information on the Open Water Series and the Regional open water swim events, contact Swimming WA on (08) 9328 4599 or visit www.openwaterswimming.com.au
Throssell grabs bronze on day one in Doha
WA’s emerging swim talent, Brianna Throssell has had a successful first night in the pool, swimming in a final and grabbing a bronze medal at the 12th FINA World Short Course Championships in Doha.
Throssell had a hectic swim program on day one, first competing in the Women’s 200m Butterfly before forming part of the Women’s 4 x 200m Freestyle relay team.
The 18-year-old secured her spot in the final of the Women’s 200m Butterfly by finishing second in her morning heat. Competing at yet another the major international swim meet and soaking up the atmosphere is proving to be invaluable for the rising talent.
“I'm just trying to soak up this amazing atmosphere, even for the heats and to get as much experience as I can at another international competition," said Throssell after her morning heat swim.
The Perth City Swim Club member posted a time of 2:06.40 in Wednesday night’s final to finish 7th in the world. Spain’s Mireya Belmonte Garcia won the event in a new WR time of 1:59.61.
Later in the evening, Throssell was back in the water swimming in another final, this time forming part of Australia’s 4 x 200m Freestyle relay team. Brianna combined with 19-year old Leah Neale; who was swimming in her first international final, Commonwealth Games backstroker Madison Wilson and Olympic gold medallist Kylie Palmer to bring home the bronze in a time of 7:38.59. The Australian’s finished behind the world record breaking Dutch and Chinese teams.
Two other swimmers originating from WA also featured on day one in Doha. London Olympians Sally Hunter and Tommaso D’Orsogna had strong starts to their busy meet schedules.
Sally Hunter set a new personal best in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke (30.06) and qualified equal 5th fastest for Thursday night's final.
While 2014 WA Swimmer of the Year Tommaso D'Orsogna was the second fastest qualifier in the Men’s 100m Butterfly Final behind Olympic 200m Butterfly gold medallist Chad Le Clos (RSA). D'Orsognastopped the clock in the first semi-final in a time of 49.69, which was just 0.18secs outside Mitch Patterson's 2009 Australian record of 49.51.
D’Orsogna was also part of the Australian Men's 4x100m Freestyle relay team that competed in Wednesday’s final. D'Orsogna clocked 45.65 in a sizzling anchor swim that enabled the fast finishing Australian team to claim 5th in 3:06.48.
Finals action on day 2 of the FINA World Short Course Championships in Doha gets underway at 11:00pm (WST).
Meet Australia's most successful Paralympian this Friday
In London 2012, Cowdrey made history by becoming Australia’s most successful Paralympian ever. Matthew won five gold, two silvers and a bronze medal in London to bring his total gold medal haul to 13 and eclipse track sprinter Tim Sullivan’s previous record of 10 gold medals from three Games. He also passed Australian swimmer Kingsley Bugarin’s overall medal haul of 19 medals, with Matthew now having won a total of 23 Paralympic medals.
Matt is really keen to talk to swimmers, parents and coaches about his experiences and share insights into what it is like to train and compete to such a high level.
Where: SWA Offices - Beatty Park
When: Friday 5th December, 4pm- 5pm
To register your interest, email Eleanor Cribb
Don't miss this great opportunity to meet a swimming champion!
Round 3 of Open Water Series sees yet another record field
Another round of Swimming WA’s 2014/15 Open Water Series is in the book and there was yet another record field for the series.
Round 3 of the Open Water Series headed to Perth’s south with a record 794 entrants registering for the Coogee event.
The record field was greeted with ideal conditions as Perth put on yet another stunning 26-degree day. A large crowd lined the beach to watch as the competitors took to the water for the 500m, 1.25km, 2.5km and 5km open water swim events.
The first event staged was the 500m swim. This event saw swimmers from as young as 9 years of age, to others north of 50 years, hit the water. The 500m event was swum in its entirety so that the chaperones swimming with those under the age of 11 years, could also take part in the longer events later in the morning.
First to cross the line in the 500m swim event was 11-year-old Adriano Todoro. The youngster, who made headlines earlier in the year when he broke a number of state age records at the State Short Course Meet, scampered up the beach to cross the line in 8:08.30. Todoro was followed home by Benjamin Snook (9:17.90) in second and Ryan Doody (9:19.10) who was third.
In the Female 500m event, it was Ryan’s family member Shannon Doody who claimed line honours with her time of 8:50.70. Shannon beat home Sophie Harrison (9:00.10) and Hannah Jones (9:07.00) who filled out the top three places.
In the 1.25km events, it was Paul Vivers who completed the one lap course first, crossing the line in a time of 17:00.40. Vivers was over one minute clear of the second placed Hamish Buddle (18:17.40) with Joshua Edwards-Smith finishing third in 18:26.10. For the females, Jordana Tonner was a clear winner, completing the 1.25km course in 17:04.90. It was a tight finish for the minor places with Emma Hargrave (17:44.40) edging out Carolyn Morrison (17:46.70).
As the 2.5km and 5km swim competitors entered the water, the ocean was a sea of fluorescent pink, yellow and green caps as the record field circled the course along the coast. It was a great spectacle for the large crowd who had spread themselves out along the beach to watch as the swimmers swam past, only a few metres from the shoreline.
It was a thrilling finish in the Women’s 2.5km swim, as Chloe Truscott and Alexandra Ho went stride for stride up the beach towards the finish arch. In the end it was Truscott (34:05.30) who claimed gold finishing 0.80 ahead of Ho (34:06.10). Melanie Kennedy was not far behind the two grabbing bronze with her time of 34:22.30.
For the Men, Guy Harrison-Murray was a clear winner in the 2.5km swim, grabbing first place with his time of 32:34.70. Harrison-Murray was nearly one and half minutes clear of the second placed Craig Martin (34:08.60) with 14-year-old Rahul Jegatheva coming home in third in 35:09.50 in what was a fantastic swim from the youngster.
There were no surprises in the Men’s 5km swim, with 2013 WA Open Water Swimmer of the Year, Rhys Mainstone finishing the event in 58:09.90. Mainstone, who recently represented WA at the National Short Course Championships in Adelaide, was nearly two minutes clear of the second place getter in Mark Deans (59:56.70), with Kent Jenkinson (1:03:04.00) nearly 5-mintues further back in third.
The Women’s events saw yet another close finish, with seven seconds separating the first three swimmers in the 5km event. Taking line honours was Sigrid De Vries (1:07:20.10) ahead of Megan Stephens (1:07:25.60) and Sarah Jessop (1:07:27.20).
The next round of Swimming WA’s Open Water Series will be staged at Champion Lakes on Sunday December 14th. This round is the only freshwater event of the series and will also act as the State Open Water Championships, with the 5km and 10km State Titles up for grabs. There will also be race distances from 500m up to 10km for members of the public who wish to challenge themselves and join the action of the record breaking 2014/15 season of the Open Water Series.
For more information on the Open Water Series, visit the website www.openwaterswimming.com.au
To view some photos from the Coogee event, like Swimming WA on Facebook.
Throssell departs for Doha World Championships
Young WA swimming sensation, Brianna Throssell, will this weekend join her Australian Short Course teammates as they depart for the FINA World Short Course Championships.
The 18-year-old from the Perth City Swimming Club had a breakthrough performance at the recent National Short Course Championships, which were held in November at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide. Throssell broke a number of personal best times on her way to claiming two national titles in the Women’s 200m Butterfly and 800m Freestyle.
The strong showing on the national stage followed on from her outstanding achievements during the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in August, where Throssell bagged a total of 7 bronze medals from the meet.
Two years on from being selected in 2012 Short Course World Championships in Turkey, Throssell still finds herself the “baby” of the 20-strong Australian Swim Team. As the only WA-based swimmer selected to compete at the 12th FINA World Short Course Championships in Doha, Throssell will be looking at gaining some invaluable experience competing against the best in the world.
“I guess I’m 2 years older than last time, I’m still the baby on the team but I think I’ve just gained a lot of experience over the past few years... I learnt a lot from there (Turkey) and I guess I just applied that into this meet coming up,” Throssell said.
“I just want to gain experience. I’d like to swim fast but 3 weeks was a really short turn around to get ready for worlds, but I’ll just give it my all and go have fun.”
Having fun and enjoying her swimming is an important part of Throssell success. She attributes a lot of her improvement this year to the program designed by her Coach Matt Magee and the fun she has with her Perth City teammates.
“Matt McGee is the best coach for me. He’s done so much work for me and I enjoy the program so much. My training buddy’s are so encouraging and we have so much fun doing training.
“I just like to go out and have fun, swimming fast is fun so yeah I like it.”
Despite her young age, Throssell finds herself being ranked 5th in the world for her pet event, the 200m Butterfly. For the Swimmng WA member, just making a final at a FINA World Championship would be an honour.
“Being ranked 5th in the world for the 200m ‘fly, it would be awesome to just make a final in that event …it would be so amazing just to be swimming with the best in the world. It would just be an honour,” said Throssell.
For Swimming Australia Head Coach Jaco Verhaeren, the standard of racing at the World Short Course will be high, but said it was an “exciting team” heading over to Qatar.
“We have an exciting team heading over to Doha with a number of new rising stars joining some already experienced and world class swimmers," Verhaeren said.
"I think the standard of racing will be high and for the new team members it will be a chance to experience the environment of an international meet and become familiar with the process as well as a good opportunity for the whole team to test themselves and fine tune their skills on the world stage ahead of the major meets next year.
"The world short course team will be looking to cap off a successful year in the pool for Australia, following on from their recent performance at the Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast and their record gold medal haul at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow."
The 12th FINA World Short Course Championships will run for five days from December 3 to 7 at the Hamad Aquatic Centre in Doha.
Swimming WA appoints Telstra General Manager as new Director
Swimming WA, the peak body for the sport of Swimming in Western Australia, today announced the appointment of Mr. Guy Champion to the Swimming WA Board.
Champion takes up the Appointed Director position vacated by Louis van Aardt, who took up the Elected Director position after he was elected unopposed to the Swimming WA Board at the October Annual General Meeting.
Champion has nearly a quarter of a century experience in professional management and is currently the General Manager of Telstra Perth, a role he has occupied since 2006.
Champion has a proven track record of developing new business opportunities and his announcement to the Swimming WA Board as an Appointed Director will add commercial experience to a diverse Board, further strengthening the organisation’s leadership.
Swimming WA President Jeanette Bailey said she was “delighted” to have Mr. Champion as an Appointed Director.
"The Board of Swimming WA is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Guy Champion to the position of Appointed Director. Following the adoption of the new Constitution in 2013, this is the first time that the Board has been in a position to have two Appointed Directors to compliment the skills of the Elected Directors,” Bailey said.
“Guy brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Board in the field of commerce and together with his experience in good governance will help position Swimming WA to be able to deliver its current strategic plan.
“I very much look forward to working with Guy and the rest of the Swimming WA Board coming into what is proving to be a very exciting time for swimming in Western Australia".
Champion was very pleased to be joining the Swimming WA Board and shared Bailey's view saying that it is an “exciting time” ahead for Swimming.
“I’m delighted to be part of the Swimming WA Board and I look forward to working with my fellow Board members on the opportunities ahead.
"It’s an exciting time and really pleased to given this opportunity and I look forward to providing my expertise to the Board,” Champion said.
Champion’s appointment as a Swimming WA Director is for a three (3) year term and he joins Swimming WA Board members:
Jeanette Bailey (President)
Louis van Aardt
Guy Champion (Pictured above)
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Olympic Mentors head back to swim Club
Three past Olympians and life members of West Coast Swim Club will be embarking on a mentoring program to assist their former club.
Jim Piper, Adam Lucas and Eamon Sullivan will be attending training sessions at the West Coast Swim Club to mentor the current swimmers at the Club. The three Olympians share nearly 30 years experience at the highest level and were only too willing to come down to assist their old club.
Piper, a former Australian and Commonwealth record holder, didn’t hesitate to come and help out at his old club when contacted by West Coast President Steve Hill.
“We got a call from Steve Hill from the West Coast Swim Club … he just wanted to see if we could come down in a mentoring sort of role and help out with the junior squads over the next 8 weeks.
“Being past champions, life members and overall club enthusiasts, we were more than willing to come down,” Piper said.
For 2004 Athens Olympian Lucas, the chance to mentor swimmers at West Coast was an opportunity for him to give back to the sport and the club that had given so much to him during his decorated swimming career.
“It is a strong club, we just wanted to make sure we come back and give a helping hand. The club’s been so good for us over the years and we have so many fond memories, it’s good to come back and help out with the kids and give them that technique advice.
“I think between myself, Eamon and Jim will bring a lot of experience, probably over 30 years experience behind us to help the kids and their technique.
“Getting poolside and helping the kids with their technique and seeing how much fun they have with swimming; because it is a great sport, and to be able to come back and help out with our swimming club which is a fantastic club, I’m really looking forward to it.”
Both Lucas and Piper spoke at length to the swim members at the West Coast Club, sharing memories and experiences from their time at HBF Stadium in West Coast team colours. Lucas spoke of the strong friendships he forged whilst at West Coast, many of which still exist today. He shared with the young swimmers of West Coast that he will be getting married in the near future and that all of his groomsmen, including Piper, were former members of the West Coast Swim Club.
As for the type of wisdom the trio will pass onto the squad swimmers, Piper believed they have that all covered, although he will only be able to help the breaststroke swimmers.
“I can’t really help the backstroke, butterfly or freestyle swimmers but if you are a breaststroker, I will be happy to help,” Piper quipped.
“But that is the great thing about Adam, Eamon and myself coming down to mentor, with Eamon you have freestyle, with me you have breaststroke and with Adam being a medley swimmer, he can help with any stroke.”
$64 Million venue to host Hancock Family Medical Foundation swim meet
This weekend, ten swimming clubs from three regions will converge on Karratha for the 2014 Hancock Family Medical Foundation Pilbara Championships.
The new $64 Million Karratha Leisureplex will host the 2014 Hancock Family Medical Foundation Pilbara Swimming Championships from November 21-23.
The Hancock Family Medical Foundation Pilbara Championships competition is held annually in a pool of 6 or more lanes 50m in length, at a centre north of the 26th parallel and brings together the regions of the Pilbara, Gascoyne and Kimberly to compete on a team basis.
Nearly 300 swimmers from the Karratha, Exmouth, Pannawonica, Broome, Paraburdoo, Hedland, Tom Price, Newman, Carnarvon and Wickam Swimming Clubs will be assembling for the regional swimming competition.
The 2014 Hancock Family Medical Foundation Pilbara championships will be held over 3 days during the last weekend in November, starting on the Friday night through to Sunday.
Proceedings will get underway at 5.30pm on Friday with a Welcome to Country and the Australian National Anthem officially opening the competition .The Athlete’s Oath will be read by Karratha Amateur Swimming Club and Beth Rogers will read the Official’s Oath.
There will be three (3) pennants awarded at the end of the meet on Sunday November 23 for the following:
The March Past Pennant
The Outright Pennant -The club, which earns the most, points from the meet
The Handicap Pennant - The winner will be decided by adding the clubs points
(The Handicap is worked out by: Total nominations of Club X Total available points
Divided by Total nominations for meet)
For Deborah Watts, President of the Karratha Amateur Swimming Club, it was exciting for the Town of Karratha to host the major regional event.
“This is our second season at the Karratha Leisureplex – with the success of the North West Open earlier this year – Karratha is very excited to host another major event on the North West swimming calendar.
“I would like to acknowledge the support of the Hancock Family Medical Foundation, the City of Karratha and the wonderful staff at the Leisureplex. Without their support this event would not be possible,” Watts said.
“This year Karratha has taken the big step to offer clubs the ability for competitors to entering individually using My Swim Results. As volunteers are getting harder to find and retain – clubs need to embrace technology that is available to us that will make our volunteering time easier and more rewarding.
“My thanks must also go to my committee members and club members. We have all pulled together to make this a wonderful weekend of competition.
“To the competitors – I hope you have both an enjoyable and a successful weekend in the pool.”
The Pilbara and Gascoyne Regions will also take this opportunity to hold their Annual General Meetings during the Hancock Family Pilbara Championships. The venue for the next Pilbara Championships will also be decided during the 2014 Hancock Family Medical Foundation meet.
The Hancock Family has been providing swimming in WA will their generous support over many years. It is a relationship that transcends ‘sponsorship’. The team at the Hancock Family Medical Foundation is part of the swimming WA ‘family’. Swimming WA and the regional communities that compete at the Pilbara Swimming Championships would like to take this opportunity to thank the Hancock Family Medial Foundation for their support.
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Swimming WA partners with The West Australia Newspaper
Swimming WA, the peak body for the sport of Swimming in Western Australia, today announced a new sponsorship agreement with paper giant The West Australian Newspaper.
The 12-month partnership will see the West Australian Newspaper Ltd come on board as a Gold Level sponsor and Official Print and Digital Media Partner of the Western Australian Swimming Association (Trading as Swimming WA).
Swimming WA represents 85 swim clubs and has over 6,500 members statewide.
Swimming WA Chief Executive Officer Darren Beazley was thrilled by the announcement and welcomed the new partnership formed with The West Australian Newspaper.
“Swimming WA is delighted to have The West Australian Newspaper come on deck and get behind swimming in Western Australia.
“The support provided by The West Australian Newspaper will allow us to enhance Swimming’s profile by promoting our swim meets and events. This aligns with the Swimming WA mission of providing opportunities that will increase participation in aquatic activities producing life-long swimmers and champions in our community,” Mr. Beazley said.
“The partnership with The West Australian Newspaper is an important pillar in the strategic direction our organisation is heading over the next 4-years, as we strive to ensure Swimming is an essential part of the Western Australian way of life.”
The sponsorship agreement will include advertising and promotional support through both print and online, including joint activations.
As a Gold Level sponsor, The West Australian Newspaper will also provide cash support in the way of an Athlete Scholarship. The criteria of the Athlete Scholarship is still being finalised and will be released in the near future.
For Brett McCarthy, Editor of The West Australian, it was pleasing to form a partnership with a “great sport” like swimming.
“We are pleased to partner Swimming WA to help promote not only a great sport and healthy endeavour but an essential life skill”, Mr. McCarthy said.
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Kids across the State to benefit from Dive & Try Swim Meets
The SunSmart Dive & Try Swim Series is WA’s premier junior novice swim programme, and has been running in Western Australia for more than 40-years. The swim meets are staged throughout metropolitan and regional Western Australia and cater for swimmers aged between 6-14 years of age, including children with disabilities.
The SunSmart Dive & Try Swim Series provides children with the opportunity to become involved in Australia's leading aquatic sport by encouraging them to race against their friends at a fun and friendly swim competition with modified rules.
Swimming is a great way to stay healthy by living an active lifestyle. Swimming is an inclusive sport – it does not matter what your background or capability is – swimming is for everyone.
This year there will be 17 Dive & Try Swim Meets held around WA, with the first meet of the season being held in Kambalda on November 9. The Kambalda Dive & Try Swim Meet saw 43 swimmers take part in swimming races, with the Kambalda Swimimng Club registering 4 new members to their club as a result of the meet.
The next SunSmart Dive & Try Swim Meets will be held at the Swan Park Leisure Centre in Midland on Saturday November 22. It promises to be a great atmosphere with plenty of fun planned for the swimmers. The meet will start at 10:00am and registrations close Tuesday November 18. Registrations to the Dive & Try Swim Meet hosted by the Swan Hills Swimming Club can be made online - click HERE to register.
Further Dive & Try Swim Meets will be held later in the year including Saturday November 29 at Trinity College in Perth and Sunday December 7 at Mt Barker Memorial Pool.
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WA National Stars watch record field at City Beach
A record 624-registered entrants signed up for Round 2 of Swimming WA’s 2014/15 Open Water Series (OWS) at City Beach on Sunday.
On a beautiful 29C Perth spring morning, WA’s brightest and best swimmers, Coaches and Officials who represented the state at the recent Australian Short Course Championships in Adelaide, including Brianna Throssell, Tamsin Cook, and Lennard Bremer, were beachside to watch the record field take to the water for the 1.25km, 2.5km, 5km and 10km open water swim events.
An early southwesterly breeze was not what doctor ordered for the swim competitors, as conditions out on the water were made difficult, with the course having swimmers head up into the teeth of the 15-20km winds and ocean swells.
First to cross the line were the swimmers from the 1.25km swim events. Guy Harrison-Murray was first out of the water in the Men’s 1.25km, finishing in 18:44.10 ahead of Nicholas Throssell (19:42.30) and Kyle Lee (19:53.20).
In the Women’s 1.25km event, it was Rosie Wood who claimed the gold medal with her time of 21:05.50. Rosie finished ahead of Courtney Lee (21:37.60) and Louise Hewitt (22:19.60) who finished in second and third respectively.
For those competing in the events 2.5km, 5km and 10km, it was tough going with the course extending to the southern groin at City Beach, right into the heart of the stiff south westerly breeze.
Benjamin Hewitt was able to handle the conditions best taking out first for the Men’s 2.5km event in front of Nicholas Rollo and Solomon Wright. In the Women’s event, it was Ashleigh Glover (35:38.40) getting the better of her West Coast teammate Sian Munks (35:38.80) in what was a photo finish. Officials had to refer to the video to split the two swimmers with Georgina Kovacs (35:51.90) coming over the line in third place.
In the Men’s 5km swim, Andrew Donaldson mastered the condition to complete two laps of 2.5km course and come out of the water in first place ahead of Alexander Freeman and Gareth Evans. For the women, Perth City’s Heidi Gan took line honours in front of Jaimie Bowler and Lily Cawood.
The 10km swim leg saw competitors complete 4-laps of the rectangular course. The stiff sea breeze made the swim to the southern end of the course a hard day at the office for competitors, whilst the journey north offered some reprieve with the wind and swell propelling swimmers along the coast.
First to cross the line for the 10km event was Bradley Smith, who finished in 2:07:35.90, nearly two and half minutes clear of the second placed Lachlan Tassell (2:10:05.00) and 13 minutes clear of the third placed Paul Newsome (2:20:08.00).
For the women, grinding out an overall win was Megan Stephens (2:23:47.10), who was over three minutes clear of the second placed Naomi Watters (2:27:08.90) with Caitlyn James coming home third in 2:31:09.80.
The focus of the OWS now shifts to the double-header on November 29-30, with the first Regional OWS event to be held that weekend.
Round 3 of the metropolitan OWS will be held at Coogee Beach in the south on Saturday, November 29. It will be the first OWS event with a 500m swim, and with over 1160 registered entrants for the opening two rounds of the OWS, the next round at Coogee will no doubt see another bumper crowd attend.
Following the Coogee event, the OWS will head north to stage the first of three regional open water swim events for 2014/15, with Geraldton’s Champion Bay Beach hosting the first OWS Regional event on Sunday November 30. Distances for the event start at 500m through until 5km.
To join in on the OWS action and be part of the record-breaking season, challenge yourself today and enter by visiting www.openwaterswimming.com.au
Photos from the event can be seen on the Swimming WA Facebook page and images can be purchased from the DC Images website.
Stephen Donovan becomes World Champion
Many in the swimming community and regular visitors to the Swimming WA website would have already heard of the name Stephen Donovan. Back in October of this year, Stephen shot to prominance after he showed a great act of sportsmanship towards fellow swimmer Patrick Ricciardo at the State Open Short Course Championships. The story had a great impact on the community and circulated far and wide.
Now Stephen Donovan’s name is once again making headlines, this time as multiple World Champion!
Donovan is currently competing at the Down Syndrome Swimming World Championships in Mexico. The swimmer from the South Shore Swimming Club has shown the world what he is made of, so far bagging three gold and three bronze medals.
Donovan won his first World title of the meet in the Men’s 400m IM. He dominated the field completing the short course event in a time of 6:51.87 to grab gold for his country. Donovan’s times was over 8 seconds clear of the second placed swimmer from Portugal and more than 30 seconds in front of the third placed Canadian swimmer.
Donovan’s busy meet program has seen him also claim individual medals in the Men’s 200m Backstroke and 400m Freestyle, finishing in third place and collecting bronze in both events.
The 24 year old would once again taste success in three different team events. Donovan and his teammates would finish first in the Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay, grab gold in the Men’s 4 x 50m Medley Relay and finished on the medal dais claiming the bronze medal in the Men’s 200m Medley Relay.
“Stevo” as he is know, has held multiple Open T21 World Records over the years in both short course and long course events and has more opportunities to add to his bulging collection of World Championships medals. Currently the Short Course World Record holder in the 200m Butterfly, Donovan will be one of the favourites for the event later in the meet.
Superfins Swim Club member Patrick Ricciardo is also competing at the World Championships in Mexico. The 26 year old is swimming at his sixth Down Syndrome World Championships and can be very proud of his achievements in representing his country on the world stage.
The 7th Down Syndrome World Championships are being held in Morelia, Mexico. The Championships began on Sunday November 7 and go through until Saturday November 15.
For photos from the event and results visit the South Shore Swimming Club Facebook page.
SWA Operational Committees Announced
In accordance with Clause 33 of the Swimming WA (SWA) Constitution, the three (3) SWA Operational Committees have now been formed.
These Committees are essentially ‘CEO Committees’ and provide expert advice and assistance to the Chief Executive Officer as he works toward delivering the SWA Strategic Plan 2015 - 18. The Committees have a specific strategic charter and play a crucial role in providing a wide range of opinions and views in matters that impact the long term growth plans for swimming. Each appointment is for two (2) years.
In a bid to address the dwindling numbers of members in the Association over the past ten years, the composition of these Operational Committees has changed to be more inclusive and more diverse. Each Committee comprises a wide range of expertise and people from a related background within the sport.
“In forming these Committees, I have deliberately attempted to involve a far wider spectrum or experiences and skills sets. Each Committee has a representative from the coaching fraternity, an athlete representative, a representative from the Clubs, a Regional Representative and of course, experts relevant to the charter of the Committee” SWA CEO Darren Beazley explained.
“These dedicated volunteers will assist me address the challenges that face Technical Officials, Open Water and our Pool Events as SWA attempts to tackle some of the major issues facing our sport”.
SWA President Jeanette Bailey welcomed the new appointments.
“SWA is delighted that so many volunteers expressed an interest and were willing to serve on these Committees. Not everyone has received a chance to serve this time around, but a fresh approach and ‘new blood’ is good for the sport and long overdue. That said, there are many opportunities to help the sport other than serving on a Committee, so I encourage anyone that wants to help deliver our new Strategic Plan to contact the office and make your services available”, Baily said.
The Committees will serve from November 15th 2014 - September 30th 2016. The Committees are:
SWA Open Water Committee Principle: A well planned and innovative Open Water Swimming (OWS) competition structure will deliver relevant and timely OWS events in acknowledgement of a developing and varied opportunities to meet the needs of SWA, affiliated Clubs and swimming individuals for competitive swimming external of still water venues that will contribute to a capable and diverse swimming team in WA.
- Richard Verboon
- Stella Carrara
- Paul Laver
- Paul Newsome
- Robyn Arblaster
- Craig Scott
SWA Technical Committee Principle: A person, who performs the role of a Technical Official, in whatever capacity, will encourage and acknowledge the contributions of all other Swimming WA officials and promote a positive environment of collegiate effort in interpreting and delivering international and national rules of the Sport of Swimming.
- Ryan Arblaster
- Alison Tilt
- Deb Watts
- Holly Barratt
- Kaye Bolger
- Trevor Verran
- Ian Mills
SWA Competition Planning and Review Committee Principle: A well planned and innovative competition structure which delivers relevant meet programmes in acknowledgement of the needs of SWA, affiliated clubs and swimming individuals will contribute to a capable and strong swimming team in WA.
- Will Scott
- Tony Ball
- Bud McAllister
- Lennard Bremer
- Don Bennett
More gold as WA swimmers finish Nationals on a high
West Australian Swimmers Madeleine Scott and Sally Hunter have both claimed gold on the final night of competition at the Australian Short Course Championships in Adelaide.
The nation’s best swimmers came to Adelaide vying for the National Short Course titles, and with the hopes of gaining selection on the Australian Short Course team, that will fly to Doha for the World Championships in December of this year. The 5-day swim meet came to a close last night at the South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
Commonwealth Games representative Scott added a third gold medal to her haul with a win in the Women’s 100m Butterfly Multi Class (MC). The victory rounded out a stellar performance from the 18-year old of the Leisure Park Lazers Swim Club, who finished the meet with 3 golds and a silver medal.
In the Women’s 200m Breaststroke final, Western Australian Sally Hunter successfully defended her national title with a time of 2:20.05 to win comfortably. The London Olympian’s time was more than 3 seconds clear of her Commonwealth Games teammate Tessa Wallace (2:23.38) who bagged the silver, with Jessica Hansen (2:23.71) collecting the bronze.
It was thrilling finish in the Men’s 100m Freestyle final, with Commonwealth Gold Medallist Tommaso D’Orsogna fighting it out with Pan Pacific champion Cameron McEvoy and Commonwealth record holder and three-time national champion Matt Abood.
McEvoy jumped out of the blocks, splitting 21.88 to hold an early lead. Fellow Olympian Tommaso D’Orsogna finished like a freight train in 48.86 but was unable to reel in McEvoy (46.85), going down by the barest of margins, 0.01 of a second. Abood was third in 47.14. All three will represent Australia in Doha.
Paralympian Katherine Downie capped off an amazing meet with yet another medal. Downie was awarded the bronze in the Women’s 50m Backstroke MC final with her time 32.32. The Westside Christ Church swimmer finished what was a very full meet program with 2 gold and 2 silver medals. An outstanding achievement. The 18 year old took to Twitter to send her thanks for the support she received throughout the championships.
Young Tommy Sucipto signaled that he is a swimmer to watch in the future with yet another strong showing in an open National final. The 18-year old from the Leisure Park Lazers Swim club, finished in a dead heat for third place to grab a podium finish and another medal in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke final to go along with his silver medal in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke.
Perth City swimmer Brianna Throssell line up in yet another final, this time coming home fourth in the Women’s 100m Butterfly. Throssell heads home from the meet as a two-time national champion and can now start concentrating on the World Short Course championships in December.
Other West Australians to feature in finals action on the last night of competition were Holly Barratt (4th) and Yolane Kukla (6th) who competed in the Women’s 50m Freestyle final.
Youth Olympic representative Nicholas Brown (Western Sprint) lined up in the final of the Men’s 200m Butterfly finishing just outside the medals in a time of 1:55.02 to claim fourth, in what was a strong showing by the 18-year old.
In the final of the Men’s 1500m Freestyle, it was Rhys Mainstone (UWA Swimming Club) flying the West Australian flag to complete the distance event in a new personal best time of 15:13.59, which was good enough to be sixth best.
Liam Smith from the Swan Hills Swim Club, also finished sixth in the final of the Men’s 50m Backstroke MC.
At the conclusion of the event, the Australian Short Course team was announced, with three West Australians making the team to represent the country at the December World Championships. At 29, Olympian Sally Hunter is the oldest and one of the more experienced swimmers on the team with 18-year-old Brianna Throssell the youngest. They will be joined by 2014 WA Swimmer of the Year Tommaso D’Orsogna who also gained selection in the Australian Team.
The Australian Swim team will be looking to cap off a successful year in the pool in Doha, following on from their recent performance at the Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast and their record gold medal haul at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Downie does it again
Katherine Downie has claimed her second national title at the Australian Short Course Championships in Adelaide.
Downie (Westside Christ Church), who claimed gold in the Women’s 200m IM Multi Class (MC) on Thursday, won the Women’s 50m Freestyle MC title on Saturday night with a time of 28.80. Madeleine Scott also competed in the final finishing fourth.
The two stars swimmers have dominated the MC events so far during the meet and would meet again later in the evening for the final of the Women’s 100m Breaststroke MC. This time it was Scott (1:20.14) getting the better of Downie (1:23.16) to claim the silver medal in the event, with Downie coming home fourth.
The Men’s 50m Butterfly final came down to a touch on wall, with Tommaso D’Orsogna bagging silver behind fellow Commonwealth Games representative Jayden Hadler who took the win and the short course national title in 23.06. D’Orsogna (23.13) claimed the silver medal position by a fingernail, getting the better of bronze medallist Daniel Lester (23.14) by just 0.01 of a second.
West Australian Sally Hunter picked up her second medal of the meet in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke final. Hunter, the defending champion and dual Olympian finished fast in a time of 1:05.34 but was unable to reel in Leiston Pickett (1:05.21) with Victorian teenager Jessica Hansen third in a personal best time of 1:05.76 – moving her into the Australian All-Time Top 10.
In the Women’s 200m IM final, Hadley Lindsay (2:16.11) from the West Coast Swim Club and Sigrid De Vries (2:17.43) who swims for the Westside Christ Church Swim Club, finished ninth and tenth respectively.
On the eve of the final night of competition, the action at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre is going to be hot. WA will be well represented by our swimmers throughout the finals as the 5-day swim meet comes to a close.
Sunday night Tommaso D’Orsogna will line up in the blue ribbon event, the Men’s 100m Freestyle. In what will be a hotly contest race, the 2014 WA Swimmer of the Year qualified second fastest for Sunday night’s final with a time of 47.28. He will go up against the likes of Cameron McEvoy (47.00) and 50m Freestyle champion Matthew Abood (47.62).
Two-time national champion Brianna Throssell will line up in the final of the Women’s 100m Butterfly and will be looking to round out what has been a breakthrough meet for the 18 year old from the Perth City Swim Club with another strong performance.
Tommy Sucipto will also be hoping to add another medal to his collection in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke, qualifying fourth fastest (27.42) for Sunday’s final, while Holly Barratt (Rockingham) and Yolane Kukla (Arena) will be wanting to land on the podium after the final of the Women’s 50m Freestyle.
There will be more opportunities for our WA swimmers to qualify for a busy night of finals action on Sunday night, with preliminary events set to get underway at 7:30am WST.
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Downie makes it 3 medals in 3 days
West Australian Paralympic swimmer Katherine Downie has picked up her third medal in as many days at the Australian Short Course Championships.
On night three of the national short course titles, Downie lined up in the final of the Women’s 100m Backstroke Multi Class (MC). Having already collected gold and silver medals on the opening two days of the competition, Downie put in another top class performance on the national stage with a time of 1:08.26 to bag silver behind Taylor Corry (1:07.86).
In the final of the Men’s 200m Breaststroke, it was a nail-biting finish with Lennard Bremmer (Westside Christ Church Aquatic) narrowly missing gold behind Jake Packard (2:07.38) with Tom Fraser-Holmes (2:07.46) in third. For Bremmer, his time of 2:07.45 was 0.08 of his PB time for the event and was good enough to claim a silver medal at the Short Course titles.
Following on from her unofficial World Record in the Women’s 50m Butterfly MC on day 2, Madeleine Scott lined up in yet another final, this time finishing fifth in a time of 1:05.70 for the Women’s 100m Freestyle MC.
During the final of the Women’s 400m Freestyle, West Australians Jesse Pengelly and Tamsin Cook lined up along side the likes of Emma McKeon and Kylie Palmer. Both Pengelly and Cook hail from the West Coast Swim Club and finished in seventh (4:08.52) and ninth (4:11.79) respectively. For the 15 year old Cook, the experience of racing in yet another final at a national open meet is invaluable.
Other West Australian swimmers to feature in finals on day three of the Australian Short Course Championships were Yolane Kukla (Arena) and Holly Barratt (Rockingham). Kukla finished seventh in the Women’s 50m Butterfly hitting the wall in a time of 26.81. As for the 26-year-old Barratt, she finished the final of the Women’s 100m Freestyle in new personal best time of 53.99 behind Emma McKeon (51.83) and Bronte Campbell (52.14).
The penultimate night of competition gets underway on Saturday evening at the South Australian Aquatic Leisure Centre, with finals set to start at 4:00pm WST. For live results visiting www.liveresults.swimming.org.au
WA Swimmers grab more gold at National Short Course
WA swimmers continued to bath in gold at the Australian Short Course championships in Adelaide yesterday.
Madeleine Scott claimed her second national title in as many days grabbing Gold in the Multi Class (MC) 50m Butterfly. The 21-year-old Glasgow Commonwealth Games representative from the Leisure Park Lasers swim club hit the wall in 31.27, a new unofficial world record!
Scott was back in the water later in the night, joining Katherine Downie in the final of the Women’s 200m MC IM. The two had met the previous day during the final of the 50M Breaststroke MC that was taken out by Scott, with Downie in second place. This time around it was Downie who was crowned national champion for the event, with Scott finishing fourth in the final.
Perth City’s BriannaThrossell (8:16.19) also won her second national title in two nights, when she got gold in the Women’s 800m freestyle, after a thrilling finish with Olympian Jessica Ashwood (8:16.77) while Katie Goldman took the bronze in 8:19.44.
It was fantastic for swimming in WA to see out of the fourteen swimmers who contested the timed final of the Women’s 800m freestyle event, five of them were from Western Australia being Throssell, Tamsin Cook (West Coast), Grace Hull (Breakers), Kate Bird (Perth City) and Jessica Pengelly (West Coast).
Pengelly also managed to grab a bronze medal of her own during the previous night of competition in the Women’s 400 IM.
In the Men’s 100m Breaststroke, two West Australians Tommy Sucipto and Lennard Bremmer lined up in the final. Sucipto claimed a silver medal with a time of 58.33 with Bremer finishing seventh in 1:00.31.
2014 WA Swimmer of the Year Tommaso D’Orsogna(50.80) missed the Australian title in the Men’s 100m Butterfly by 0.03. The Olympian from Perth was touched out on the wall by David Morgan (50.77) in the final.
Another West Australian swimmer to join in on the medal grab was dual Olympian Sally Hunter. Hunter picked up a bronze in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke final on Thursday with a time of 30.40.
Bobby Jovanovich (UWA Uniswim) and Holly Barratt (Rockingham) were others to feature in finals on Thursday, both finishing fourth in their respective 100m Backstroke finals. Jovanovich posted a PB time of 52.01 behind Mitch Larkin, who set a new Australian and Commonwealth record time of 49.25 to claim gold. Barratt hit the wall in a time of 58.73 behind Emily Seebohm who also posted a new Australian and Commonwealth record time for the event of 55.47.
The focus of the 5-day swim meet now shifts to the finals on Friday night. West Australian will once again be well represented in the finals as our swimmers look to add to the medal rush at the Australian Short Course Championships that finish on Sunday November 9.
WA stars claim National titles on night one at Australian Short Course Champs
Young West Australian swim stars Brianna Throssell and Madeleine Scott have both claimed National titles on the opening night of competition at the Australian Short Course Championships in Adelaide.
The first day of the five day swim meet saw some strong performances by a host of West Australian swimmers as the National Short Course Championships got underway yesterday at the South Australian Aquatic Leisure Centre.
Qualifying fastest for the final of the Women’s 200m Butterfly, nearly 3 seconds clear of her nearest rival, Brianna Throssell had a clear path to winning Gold with a time of 2:04.73. Smashing her previous personal best, the 18 year old from the Perth City Swim Club finished over four seconds clear of the rest of the field and now sits sixth in the world standings.
In the final of the Women’s 50m Breaststroke Multi Class (MC), it was a 1-2 result for West Australians Madeleine Scott and Katherine Downie. Scott managed to get the better of Downie in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke MC to take the title in a time of 36.81, with Downie securing the silver in a time of 37.61. Scott and Downie will be back in the water again tonight contesting the final of the Women’s 200M IM MC, with Downie qualifying third fastest and Scott fifth fastest.
Commonwealth Games and Para Pan Pacs medallist Madeleine Scott then got the second day of the competition off to a speedy start when she set an unofficial World Record in the heats of the Women’s 50m Butterfly MC . Scott hit the wall in a time of 31.53 to move through to the final.
Tommasso D’Orsogna continued his strong performances in the 100m Butterfly, qualifying second fastest for Thursday night’s final. The 2014 WA Swimmer of the year hit the wall in a time of 51.07 and will start next to Jayden Hadler (50.93) as he looks to add the Men’s 100m Butterfly National Short Course title to his name.
Two more Western Australian male swimmers will also be contesting finals on night two of competition. 19 year old Tommy Sucipto from the Leisurepark Lazers Swim Club posted a time of 58.85 to qualify second fastest for the final of the Men’s 100m Breaststroke.
In the Men’s 100m Backstroke, Bobby Jovanovich from the UWA Uniswim will be fighting it out in Thursday night’s final to gain a spot on the Australian team that will travel to Doha in December for the World Short Course. Jovanovich posted a time of 52.51 to qualify fourth fastest behind Mitch Larkin who claimed a new Australian and Commonwealth Short Course record with a time of 49.44.
The first of 20 SunSmart Dive & Try meets to be held this weekend!
The first SunSmart Dive & Try swim meet of the 2014/2015 Season will be held this Sunday November 9 at the Kambalda Amateur Swimming Club.
The closing date for electronic entries was Tuesday, but Kambalda's Registrar, Julia Roberts has informed Swimming WA that they will be taking registrations on the day.
The SunSmart Dive & Try Swim Meets have been held in Western Australia for the past 41 years. The Dive & Try Swim Meets are designed to be Swimming WA's introduction to swimming competition for junior swimmers who may or may not be members of swimming clubs. The meets are designed to encourage junior swimmers in Western Australia to participate in swimming with all swimmers being rewarded for their efforts.
The SunSmart Dive & Try Swim Meets are friendly, fun swim competitions with modified rules which provide an opportunity to become involved in one of Australia's leading sports. The meets cater for 6-14 year-olds, including children with disabilities.
Preliminary meets are held at various clubs all over the State and the top 10 swimmers (eight swimmers and two reserves) from the combined club SunSmart Dive & Try Swim Meets are then selected to participate to the SunSmart Dive & Try Final to be held in May 2015.
Registration for all Sunsmart Dive & Try meets is electronic. No fees are payable at the time of Registration. However, each club has set an entry fee of $2.50 per event which is payable on the day of the meet. There may also be an additional cost for pool entry. Please refer to the venues program for additional details.
New venues will be added during the season, so if you do not find a competition time that suits your family visit our page again for updated information.
West Australian Swimmers and Officials head to Nationals
A group of 41 athletes and Officials from Western Australia have descended upon Adelaide for the 2014 Australian Short Course Swimming Championships.
The National Short Course titles will be held at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre from Wednesday the 5th through until Sunday the 9th of November.
In total 34 athletes from Western Australia have travelled to the “City of Churches” where the Australian Short Course Championships will provide our athletes with the opportunity to gain selection on the Australian Short Course team competing at the World Championships in Doha next month.
The WA athletes vying for National Team selection are:
Paul Bailey (Westside)
Holly Barratt (Rockingham)
Kate Bird (Perth City)
Lennard Bremer (Westside)
Nicholas Brown (Western Sprint)
Tamsin Cook (West Coast)
Claire Coten (South Shore)
Sigrid De Vries (Westside)
Katherine Downie (Westside)
Ryan Evernden (Perth City)
Rachel Gower (West Coast)
Hadley Lindsay (West Coast)
Emma Hargrave (West Coast)
Adelaide Hart (West Coast)
Grace Hull (Breakers)
Bobby Jovanovich (UWA)
Yolane Kukla (Arena)
Rhys Mainstone (UWA)
Georgia Marshall (Swan Hills)
Alex Milligan (West Coast)
Sachi Morrow (Leisurepark Lazers)
Kirsten Pannekoek (Guildford Kalamunda)
Christopher Paunich (Westside)
Jessica Pengelly (West Coast)
James Raymond (Westside)
Madeline Scott (Leisurepark Lazers)
Luke Smith (Leisurepark Lazers)
Liam Smith (Swan Hills)
Justine Spurr (Westside)
Belinda Spurr (Swan Hills)
Tommy Sucipto (Leisurepark Lazers)
Brianna Throssell (Perth City)
Greg Tidboald (Westside)
Kieran Trump (Perth City)
You can send your support to the WA swimmers competing at the Nationals by using the #Swim4WA hash tag.
Also heading to Adelaide will be a team of seven Technical Officials from Western Australia who have been selected to officiate at the National Short Course Championships over the next 5 days. Those chosen for the Australian Championships are Dot Harris, Kate Reynolds, Kaye Bolger, Ryan Arblaster, Jacqui McNamara, Nick Short and Ian Arblaster. Swimming WA congratulates all on their selection.
The Premier starts the OWS season off with a bang
The Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia was on hand to start over 550 competitors at the opening round of Swimming WA’s Open Water Series (OWS).
In front of hundreds of competitors and hundreds more beachside, the Member of Cottesloe fired the gun to send the 1.25km, 2.5km and 5km waves on their way.
“It was great sight down here at Cottesloe beach this morning, 550 swimmers, a record in Swimming WA’s open water swim series,” the Premier told the Swimming WA website.
“It was great to see West Australian’s out enjoying our beautiful coastline, enjoying the sport of swimming and this mass participation in sport is something we are great at.
“I am very pleased both as the Premier and the Member for Cottesloe to be down here and be the starter of the event. It was a lot of fun and great day for swimmers in Western Australia.”
The conditions in the crystal clear water were ideal for the competitors as they made their way around the 1.25km course in front of a huge crowd in what Swimming WA CEO Darren Beazley describe as a “fantastic turnout”
“It has been a fantastic turnout today at Cottesloe with record participation numbers for the event.
“It really does tell us that Western Australians love open water swimming and get out in our magnificent weather and experiencing the joys of swimming in the ocean.
“One of the great things that came out of today was that we had people aged from 13-years up to 73-years, so it shows you the diversity there is and that swimming is for everybody,” Beazley said.
It was a fantastic atmosphere at one of Perth’s most iconic beaches with Network Ten’s Tim Gossage keeping supporters and the public well informed of the action happening in and out of the water.
In what was a great spectacle for the competitors and spectators alike, with the hundreds in attendance creating a human tunnel as the competitors raced up onto the beach towards the finishing line with some thrilling finishes.
The first competitors to cross the line was Timothy Kuruckchi, who took 18:01 to complete the 1.25km course finishing in front of Rahul Jegatheva (18:10) and Hamish Rose (18:22).
In the women’s 1.25km race, only 4 seconds separated the first two place getters with Nicola Hamilton (18:00) striding up the sand just ahead of Carolyn Morrison (18:04). The two were soon followed by Brooke Rego (18:20) who claimed third place.
For the 2-lap race, it was yet another tight finish for the women with Sarah Jessop (35:44) marginally beating Erin Jeffery (35:47) and Shelby Carstens (35:50) in what was an exciting finishing in the 2.5km race.
In the men’s 2.5km race only 5 seconds separated the top 3 place getters. In the end it was Nicholas Rollo (32:42) who was able to scamper up the beach to take out the win only metres ahead of Reilly Kennedy (32:44) and Ben Brabich (32:47).
In the 5km races, last year’s OWS male and female series winners Simon Huitenga and Sacha Downing staked strong claims for the titles in 2014/15 with both tasting victory. For the inform Huitenga, the 2014 Australian Open Water Swimmer of the Year, it was a comfortable win in the end clocking 1:01:46 to complete the 4-lap course. Huitenga crossed the line nearly two minutes ahead of Brett Fielding (1:03:34) and Zachary Bevan (1:03:42).
As for Downing, she was able to edge out Perth City teammate and the 2013 OWS female runner-up Heidi Gan, with the two completing the 5km test in 1:03:47 and 1:03:52 respectively. The two were followed by Georgia Smith who finished in a time of 1:06:39 to take third.
For view all the age group categories winners and top place getters click here.
The focus for the OWS now shifts to round 2 at City Beach on Sunday 16 November 2014. Confirmed entries for the second metropolitan round in 2 weeks are already strong and could well sellout like the first round at Cottesloe.
For more information on the OWS visit www.openwaterswimming.com.au or like Swimming WA on Facebook to view photos from the event.
CALLS FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST DIRECTOR OF SWIMMING WA (APPOINTED)
The Western Australian Swimming Association (Swimming WA) is the peak body for swimming in the state and member of Swimming Australia. Representing 87 Clubs across the state and with more than 6,500 members, Swimming WA’s vision is;
“To ensure swimming is an essential part of the Western Australian way of life”.
Swimming WA is a not for profit sporting organisation that is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of elected and appointed directors representing a range of diverse talents and expertise that play a crucial role in ensuring the growth of swimming across the state.
Following the Swimming WA AGM in October, the Swimming WA Board is calling for Expressions of Interest to fill the vacant Board Appointed Director role for the next three (3) years. Board positions are voluntary and require a significant commitment both in terms of contribution of strategic advice to the Board and Chief Executive, attending monthly Board meetings, serving on various Committees and strategic Projects as required.
For more information, please click here or call the office on (08) 9328 4599 to discuss with the Chief executive Officer.
Expressions of interest close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 12th November.