Swimmers line up for final round of Open Water Series
Brett Fielding and Sacha Downing will be looking to tie up the 2013-2014 Swimming WA Open Water Series this weekend.
Fielding and Downing are top of the male and female standings going into the final round of the series at Rockingham on Monday.
The pair will race over 2.5km for their chance to win the $500 and tickets to the SWA 2014 Swimmer of the Year Awards up for grabs for the top male and female in the series.
Fielding’s Perth City teammates Simon Huitenga and Heidi Gan are in a similar position going into Monday’s event, which also includes 500m and 1.25km races.
Huitenga – who last month was named Swimming Australia’s Open Water Swimmer of the Year – and London Olympics marathon swimmer Gan should both finish second overall while the race for third remains open in both the male and female categories.
Perth City’s Guy Harrison-Murray will be looking to see if Busselton’s Rottnest Channel Swim winner Paul Laver decides to chase him for overall third prize while women’s Rottnest solo champion, UWA Uniswim’s Liz Bellis, will face competition from another Perth City swimmer Megan Stephens, who is just a couple of hundred points behind in the standings.
More than 300 swimmers have entered the final round of the 2013-2014 Open Water Series, which has attracted record numbers this season.
2014 SWA Club Premierships: Important Notice
Swimming WA would like to remind all clubs taking part in the 2014 Swimming WA Club Premierships on 15th and 16th March to please send in your club song for the march past.
Clubs that have not sent in their music should contact the SWA office as soon as possible.
Position vacant: City of Joondalup casual swim coach
The City of Joondalup is looking for a casual swim coach.
The successful applicant will be based at the City of Joondalup Craigie Leisure Centre and will be responsible for providing high quality coaching for one of the fastest growing swim squad programs in Western Australia.
The role also involves providing structured swim coaching sessions to customers of all ages and abilities.
Applications close on Tuesday, 4th March.
The Swimming WA staff will be away from Monday, 24th February to Wednesday, 26th February. If you have any urgent queries please contact the SWA office as someone will be at Beatty Park taking calls. All queries will be seen to when we return while urgent messages will be directed to the appropriate person.
Swimming WA would also like to advise that online entries for National Open & Age Championships are now open. All queries regarding the temporary system will be answered when SWA staff return to work on Thursday. Please note, entries do not close until the 17th and 24th March respectively.
Thank you for your cooperation.
WA swimmers set their sights on Hawaii
Western Australia looks set to make up three quarters of the Australian open water team at this year’s Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii.
Sacha Downing, Grace Hull and Brett Fielding have met the selection criteria for the event, which takes place from 28th August to 1st September, after exceptional performances at the National Open Water Championships in Geelong at the weekend.
As the first two finishers overall from both the girls’ and boys’ 10km events, Downing, Hull and Fielding – along with Queenslander Lachlan Colquhoun - will be nominated to represent Australia in August. The team is expected to be confirmed later in the year.
Downing finished just behind Australian World Championships representative Chelsea Gubecka to win the girls’ 16 years 10km open water event in 2:09:47.07 ahead of Suzanne Ryan (2:11:29.95) and Renee Holdstock (2:14:16.39).
Downing added to her medal haul by taking out the women’s open 5km – and girls’ 16 years – 5km title in 1:05:27.42.
Meanwhile Hull looks like she will be sitting alongside Downing on the plane to Hawaii after finishing second in the girls’ 15 years 10km event.
Hull clocked 2:09:51.02 to finish behind Gubecka (2:09:17.37) – who has already qualified for Senior Pan Pacs - and ahead of Queenslander Sarah Thompson (2:10:55.93).
Hull also finished third in the girls 15 years 5km clocking 1:08:28.64 behind Thompson (1:08:24.34) and Queenslander Phoebe Hines (1:08:25.99).
And Brett Fielding took out the boys’ 16 years 10km in (2:02:40.83), finishing second overall behind Colquhoun (2:02:11.57).
Colquhoun won the 17-18 years title ahead of Fielding’s Perth City team-mate William Rollo (2:02:40.85) and Ethan Owens (2:02:55.03). Fielding was also second in the boys' 16 years 5km, finishing in 1:01:49.28, behind Queenslander Cody Paterson (1:01:17.58) and ahead of Victorian Dean Wilson (1:01:55.88).
WA’s other medallists in the 5km in Geelong included Guy Harrison-Murray, who was second in the men's multi class (1:06:22.04), Alexander Freeman, second in the boys' 15 years (1:03:54.13) and Callum Lauriston, second in the boys 14 years in (1:03:59.85).
For full results from the Australian Open Water Championships in Geelong visit http://www.swimming.org.au.
Swimming WA welcomes new Board member
Swimming WA is pleased to welcome to its Board Kerrynne Batten.
Ms Batten is a certified practicing accountant and Finsia Fellow with significant experience in risk management, governance and assurance roles in the public, private and government sectors.
She has a solid understanding of sporting organisations as a competitor, parent and administrator, including time spent at the Australian Institute of Sport developing and implementing the first financial accountability framework for Olympic Athlete Program.
Ms Batten has been an active member of sporting communities including water polo, surf life and rugby union at the grass roots level and comes to Swimming WA with 20 years of post-graduate (BComm, UWA) experience, having worked in executive roles with Wesfarmers, KPMG, the financial services regulator, APRA and currently, Murdoch University.
Swimming WA CEO James Young said Ms Batten's experience in corporate governance, strategy and financial management combined with her passion for sport, made her a valuable asset to the organisation.
“Kerrynne brings to Swimming WA a wealth of experience and we believe she will be a valuable asset to the team,” Mr Young said.
Ms Batten's appointment follows that of Simon Rothery and Bevan Slattery to the Board of Swimming Australia last month.
Partner managing director, CEO of Goldman Sachs in Australia and New Zealand, and head of the Australian and New Zealand Securities division, Mr Rothery has a wealth of international business acumen, corporate knowledge and fiscal skills that he will bring to the sport with which he is involved at club level with Knox Pymble Swimming Club in Sydney.
IT company founder, director and CEO of Megaport, Mr Slattery, who is also the President of St Peters Western Amateur Swimming Club in Queensland, will also be a valuable asset in the corporate, strategic and technology space.
Entries for Western Sprint Club Challenge extended
Western Sprint would like to advise that entries for the 2014 Western Sprint Club Challenge on Saturday, 1st March have been extended.
The closing date has been extended to provide clubs and swimmers a greater opportunity to enter the meet.
Entries now close at 5pm, Monday 17th February
To enter email: firstname.lastname@example.org