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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:


Meg Jovanovich

Competition Manager

P: (08) 9325 4599

E: meg.jovanovich@wa.swimming.org.au

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:


Luke McManus

Marketing and Communications Manager

Swimming WA

e: luke.mcmanus@wa.swimming.org.au

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 (carolyn.morrison@wa.swimming.org.au) 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


Swimming WA (SWA) is pleased to announce that Matt Cowdrey, Australia's most successful Paralympian, will be in Perth this Friday 5th December and wants to meet SWA members!


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)

Jeff Williams

Dorothy Harris

Kerrynne Batten

Louis van Aardt

Jim Piper

Guy Champion (Pictured above)

For further information, please contact:


Luke McManus

Marketing and Communications Manager

Swimming WA

e: luke.mcmanus@wa.swimming.org.au

p: (08) 9328 4599

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.  

To view photos from the 2014 Hancock Family Medical Foundation Pilbara Championships please go to our Facebook Page.



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.


For further information, please contact:


Luke McManus

Marketing and Communications Manager

Swimming WA

e: luke.mcmanus@wa.swimming.org.au

p: (08) 9328 459    

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. 


For more information on the SunSmart Dive & Try Swim Series or to find a location near you click HERE

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.

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.

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. 

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.


For live results follow Swimming WA on Twitter or visit www.liveresults.swimming.org.au



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 Process


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.




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.

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